Lime e-scooters launched on Draper’s west side
Jul 18, 2019 03:04PM
● By Mimi Darley Dutton
City Manager David Dobbins and Councilmembers Alan Summerhays and Michele Weeks gave Lime scooters a trial run prior to a May City Council decision to bring the scooters to Draper near the FrontRunner Station. (Mimi Darley Dutton / City Journals)
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At no cost to the city and with liability resting on the scooter company, the City Council decided in May to enter into an agreement with Lime scooters for a geographically restricted area of Draper, near the FrontRunner Station. The scooters are intended to service employees of area companies such as eBay, Jet.com, TruHearing, Dell EMC, 1-800-Contacts, Thumbtack, Progressive Leasing, Storagecraft and other businesses as well as the Homewood Suites and another hotel planned for the area.
“I think it’s worth trying. Less cars means less pollution,” Mayor Troy Walker said.
Lime and Draper City held a ribbon cutting to launch 75 scooters on July 9, making Draper the fourth city in Utah with shared e-scooters. Lime gave away helmets at the event and provided tips on riding safely. The scooters are capable of going up to 18 miles per hour. More scooters may be added in the future, based on demand.
“Draper has undergone such a tremendous transformation in the past decade. It makes perfect sense to connect employment centers and other destinations to the UTA FrontRunner Station with Lime scooters, so people can get where they need with greater ease,” said Mackenzie Viau, operations manager of Lime in Utah.
Lime, a San Francisco based company, is the largest shared scooter and bike provider in the United States, operating in more than 100 cities on five continents.
“The arrival of Lime e-scooters is a great complement to our efforts to improve the transportation needs in Draper, Walker said. “With hundreds of employees located near the FrontRunner Station, the Lime scooters will provide employees a way to ride to work from the station. The first and last mile solutions for public transit users will prove to be a win-win situation in our community.”