Denver city agency wary of new transit option: dockless electric scooters
Author: Adam McCoy - May 29, 2018 - Updated: May 29, 2018
In a car-dependent city like Denver, city officials have long striven to persuade more Denverites to ditch their vehicles and use other modes of transportation like public transit, rideshares or bicycles.
So when ride-sharing company Lime rolled out its dockless electric scooters in downtown Denver late last week, the city should have naturally been ecstatic. Right?
Following its launch, Lime said its scooters would help the city reach its mobility goals. (In Denver you can unlock them for $1 and ride for 15 cents per minute of use. ) It also said its ride-sharing programs help solve the last minute dilemma of public transit.
“The launch comes after weeks of careful planning with community leaders and city counselors, helping move Denver closer to reaching its ambitious goal of 30 percent non-automobile traffic by 2030,” Lime said in a statement following its launch in the city.
Denver City Councilman Jolon Clark was on scene for a launch event on Friday to underline the city’s focus on mobility, Denverite reports, but the Department of Denver Public Works wasn’t so excited about the launch.
In a May 25 tweet the department argues “… @limebike did not work with us on this launch. We were not notified of their plans to deploy in our community today until a couple of days ago. We are concerned about the use, placement & quantity of these scooters operating on Denver’s sidewalks where we see a lot of peds.”
No, @limebike did not work with us on this launch. We were not notified of their plans to deploy in our community today until a couple of days ago. We are concerned about the use, placement, & quantity of these scooters operating on Denver's sidewalks where we see a lot of peds.
— Denver Public Works (@DenPublicWorks) May 25, 2018
Lime’s launch in Denver saw some 200 Lime-S scooters set out on South Broadway on Friday.