Lime joins Bird in offering electric scooters in Kansas City

Marc LaVoie
September 11, 2018 - 6:12 am

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First, there were Bird scooters. Now, a competitor, Lime, is entering the Kansas City market for cheap urban transportation.

Lime planned to drop off scooters around town Tuesday morning after working out terms with the Kansas City Council and the Kansas City Area Transit Authority.

KCATA president and CEO Robbie Makinen said he appreciated Lime's approach to working with local leaders.

"If some company's just going to come in and dump a bunch of scooters all over, and they end up everywhere, that doesn't help anybody," Makinen said. "Those are the discussions we're having right now."

The city council is reportedly working on an ordinance related to the usage of the electric scooters, which, like Bird, are activated and billed with a mobile app. Users pay a dollar to start using a scooter, plus 15 cents a minute after that.

Both Bird and Lime require users to take photos of where the scooters are parked when they are finished with them. Lime representatives say they work harder to keep their scooters from being parked irresponsibly.

"We're partnering with the city to make sure there's trust on both sides," said Sam Sadle, Lime director of strategic development.

Lime planned a ceremonial unlocking and demonstration ceremony at noon Tuesday at the Gem Theater, 1615 East 18th Street.

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