Lime electric scooters take another spin in Omaha

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:55 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - After getting the green light for electric scooters from the Omaha City Council on May 25, Lime has wasted no time in bringing them back to the city.

Lime announced Wednesday in a news release it is bringing back 500 electric scooters immediately and will increase to as many as 1,000 during the College World Series. Lime and Spin, another scooter provider, had launched successful pilot programs in 2019 and had requested on May 18 to return to Omaha.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert had recommended on April 16 that the scooter program continue saying alternate roads of transportation were “extremely popular and important.”

Lime said it was “thrilled” to be back in Omaha, vowing to hire locally, expand access and offer 50% discounts for travel that starts in North Omaha and support Omahans who helped get the city through the pandemic by offering free rides to teachers, medical professionals, employees of non-profits, and other “essential workers.”

Additionally, Lime is partnering with Downtown Omaha Inc., Business Improvement Districts and the Greater Omaha Chamber to encourage local shopping along a rider’s route.

“We share the goal of the Omaha Master Plan to ‘provide balanced options for ‘enhanced mobility’ and, in turn, build a diverse and safe transportation infrastructure to meet the city’s long term needs,” the release stated.

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