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.
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.