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Lime re-selected for TfL e-scooter scheme

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that Lime has been re-selected to operate its shared e-scooters in London, following its competitive re-tender for the Capital’s ongoing e-scooter trial.

The scheme has been extended until 2024, with contracts successfully awarded to Lime, Dott and Voi.

Manish Kharel, general manager for Lime in London, said: “We are so excited to continue building on the success of our e-scooter scheme in partnership with TfL.

“London is setting the benchmark for other UK cities when it comes to encouraging people out of cars, and onto more sustainable transport options as a way to improve air quality and reduce congestion.

“TfL’s e-scooter trial and our numerous e-bike agreements with local authorities are playing a vital role in this.”

Lime’s success in winning the London e-scooter retender, comes amidst the ongoing expansion and popularity of its e-bike service.

The operator now has e-bike agreements with 10 Boroughs with another five expected to be added to the list by the end of the year.

Kharel added “We are seeing record demand for our London services. Our priority now is meeting this demand, while ensuring the long term safe and tidy parking of our vehicles.

“We are focused on working with local authorities across London to provide data and insights to design a service that works for all, while also providing the funding to support the implementation of a dense network of parking locations across the city for both e-scooters and e-bikes.”

The Boroughs Lime has e-bike agreements with are:

  • Camden
  • Islington
  • City of London
  • Hackney
  • Ealing
  • Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Southwark
  • Lambeth
  • Hounslow
  • Brent

TfL recently published a factsheet which gathered data from the first 18 months of the e-scooter trial. This shows that fewer than 0.01% of trips resulted in serious injury.

There have been no fatalities and 22 serious injuries reported by operators. Operators reported that during the first phase of the trial, more than 95% of trips complied with rules around parking.

Data also shows that more than the equivalent of 249 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been saved by the e-scooter trips, with 32% of users combining their journey with a mode of public transport.

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