Lime to quit city as Neuron fires up

The company today announced it will leave the city at the end of this month. Photo: ODT
The company today announced it will leave the city at the end of this month. Photo: ODT
Lime scooters will be no more in Dunedin, for now.

The company today announced it will leave the city at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, e-scooter company Neuron Mobility is set to double its number of scooters in Dunedin.

Lime public affairs director Lauren Mentjox said that after "careful consideration and weighing up many factors", Lime had made the difficult decision to not apply for a new permit in Dunedin.

"It has been a challenging but rewarding process to build a successful scooter share programme in Dunedin, and residents and visitors will continue to benefit from Lime's work to change the way people travel in the city.

"We are really proud to have brought micromobility to Dunedin and serve so many local people as the city's leading scooter provider.

"We also created local jobs, leased a warehouse, and contributed directly to other businesses and services in the city.

The micromobility industry was constantly changing and Lime might look to come back "when the timing is right", she said.

The green scooters first hit Dunedin streets in January 2019 and since then more than 90,000 users have taken over 750,000 trips in Dunedin, replacing more than 175,000 car trips.

"We have enjoyed serving Dunedin and we thank our riders, community stakeholders and Dunedin City Council for the opportunity," Ms Mentjox said.

Neuron New Zealand regional manager Adam Muirson rides a Neuron Mobility e-scooter in Dunedin’s...
Neuron New Zealand regional manager Adam Muirson rides a Neuron Mobility e-scooter in Dunedin’s Octagon. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
But it seems Lime’s departure won’t mean fewer e-scooters in the city’s streets.

Neuron Mobility, which launched in February this year, has announced a significant expansion to its service in Dunedin, from July 1.

It received a permit to double its fleet to 500.

Chief executive Zachary Wang said he was delighted Neuron had been chosen as the sole e-scooter operator in the Dunedin.

"This new permit will allow us to invest more in Dunedin, including the creation of over a dozen new jobs.

"We thank Dunedin City Council for their continued trust and support.”

He said the safety of its riders and the community was taken seriously and a few weeks ago, the company launched New Zealand’s first third party insurance cover for e-scooters.

"This has set the standard when it comes to protecting riders and the public," he said.

Comments

"We also created local jobs", people would rather lose jobs than let scooters be here, now where is your outrage about the red scooters?.

 

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