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Lime Publishes Survey on The Impact of E-Scooters

E-scooter company Lime has released the results of their survey conducted in San Diego, USA, which is the first of its kind and aims to give some insight into the impact of micro-mobility [1].

The survey was conducted between October 16th-27th 2018 and was integrated into the Lime mobile app where users were asked to answer some questions as soon as they opened the app to take a ride.

A total of 1,600 Lime riders participated with an average age of 31 years old and were more representative of the general population in San Diego than users of traditional bike-sharing systems. Also, 45% of the respondents reported using a car less often in their usual routine because of the accessibility of e-scooters. The scooters were also used as a means of transportation for the last stretch of a trip in 35% of all cases. Of the riders, 22% reported using the e-scooters for travel to work while 20% reported using them to shop and run errands locally.

Due to the shift towards using e-scooters, the survey report estimates that San Diego has saved roughly 569 metric tons of CO2 that would have otherwise been emitted.


Personal comments

The combination of a shift in preferences from the riders and the high demand that come with cities becoming more urbanized indicate that micro-mobility services such as LIME might not just be a passing trend. Based on data gathered in this study it also shows that it is not just a preference from teenagers but an opportunity for riders with less financial means to travel sustainably without having to compromise on comfort or flexibility.


Written by Mahdere DW Amanuel, RISE Viktoria.



1. 2019-06-10. More Diversity, Less Car Use: How E-Scooters Are Affecting Mobility In San Diego