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The bikeshare and e-scooter company Lime reportedly joined the National Complete Streets Coalition in order to lobby for safer places to ride. Launched in 2004, the National Complete Streets Coalition promotes the development and implementation of Complete Streets policies and professional practices.
Complete streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation. Among other things, they prioritize access to destinations for all people who use the street, especially people who have experienced systemic underinvestment or whose needs have not been met through a traditional transportation approach, including older adults, people living with disabilities, people who cannot afford or do not have access to a car, and Black, Native, and Hispanic or Latino/a/x communities, according to Smart Growth America.
Lime is now the world’s leading shared micromobility provider, with electric bikes, scooters, and now even mopeds. To date, more than 200 million trips have been taken around the world on these vehicles. Moreover, Lime was the first micromobility provider to use renewable energy to power their e-scooters and e-bikes. Smart Growth America recently spoke with Jonathan Perri, Lime’s Director of Advocacy, to learn more about the micromobility company’s work and what drives their commitment to Complete Streets.
“Our mission is to build a future for urban transportation that is shared, affordable and carbon-free, resulting in healthier, cleaner and more equitable cities,” he reportedly said. “We believe in People First Cities, places designed and powered by the people — not cars.”
The company’s latest initiative, the People First Cities campaign, provides riders an easy way to advocate for new infrastructure investments, like the Complete Streets Act in the U.S. Congress. It also leverages their ridership data, showing gains in active mobility on new bike lanes to give cities additional validation for sustaining or growing these investments.
Last year, Lime analyzed new bike infrastructure installed during COVID-19 in London, Berlin, and Paris. The company identified a 111% increase from Lime riders alone on those streets. And in San Francisco, Lime also found that ridership increased 28% on the city’s newly created “Slow Streets” from Nov. 2019 to Nov. 2020.
Perri reportedly said that with safer places to ride, the share of trips in cities taken by cleaner, car-free alternatives can increase. “Studies show that with investments in complete streets, including fully-protected bike lanes, more people ride bikes and streets become safer for all users, pedestrians and drivers as well,” he said.“If we’re going to achieve our mission of changing the future of mobility for good, safe places to travel by bike or scooter will be fundamental.”