Electric scooters coming to Tualatin
Electric scooters are coming to Tualatin next week.
On Sept. 27, Lime will launch its Gen4 electric scooters in Tualatin to be used by anyone with a smartphone looking for a new way to get around town. The company will also offer training to first-time riders from 4 to 6 p.m. on the same day at Tualatin Community Park, according to a press release.
"We are very excited Lime is bringing e-scooters to Tualatin! The city is committed to innovating and embracing new modes of transit, as well as reducing emissions and traffic congestion," Tualatin deputy public works director Nic Westendorf said in a statement.
According to the news release, Lime is the world's largest provider of shared electric vehicles, powering more than 350 million rides in more than 250 cities across five continents, replacing more than an estimated 80 million car trips and saving more than 26,000 metric tons of carbon.
Tualatin previously had an agreement with Bird scooters, but it switched to Lime after Bird withdrew "due to unforeseen factors," according to an announcement last month.
Bird and nearby West Linn also cut short what was intended to be a yearlong pilot program around the same time that the e-scooter company broke off its agreement with Tualatin.
The Lime scooters will have some special features to encourage safety, such as a "comfort mode" which will lower the maximum speed of the scooter until the rider is confident enough to ride.
Discounts will also be given to riders who prove they're wearing a helmet by sharing selfies with the app, which uses AI to detect if a rider is wearing a helmet.
"Lime leads with safety, which is why we'll host an e-scooter training course, helping to familiarize first-time riders with our service to help ensure safer scooting. We look forward to working with the City of Tualatin to build a successful service over the long term, ensuring residents have access to emissions-free transportation options," said Hayden Harvey, senior manager of government relations at Lime, in a statement.
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