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Hampton Approves Lime E-Scooter Pilot Program

HAMPTON—Hampton City Council recently approved an agreement with Neutron Holdings, the parent company of Lime electric scooters, to bring scooter rentals to the area. The pilot program will include delivering 250 Lime e-scooters that will be tested in downtown Hampton and Phoebus for one year.

Lime will pay Hampton a one-time licensing fee of $5,000, and the city will receive 10 cents for every rental during the pilot. Riders will pay $3 for the first six minutes of use, then 32 cents for each additional minute after. Those who receive government assistance, such as federal, state, or local subsidies, will be charged 50 cents to unlock the scooter, then 7 cents per minute. Riders in Hampton must be 18 or older to operate the scooters, and are required to wear a helmet.

How it works:

  • Download the Lime app on your smartphone or tablet and create an account, including a valid payment method
  • Find a nearby Lime vehicle
  • “Unlock” the scooter by scanning the QR code or entering the plate number

The scooters will travel at a top speed of 15 miles per hour. In other cities such as Washington, D.C., the scooters are “dockless,” meaning they can be left wherever the rider stops. However, Hampton is requiring that all Lime vehicles be returned to an approved parking area. Geofencing technology will limit renters from going outside of the designated riding areas.

According to information on the Lime app, “Lime is your ideal carbon-free option for any trip, any time, anywhere. Transportation is one of the world’s largest sources of climate-disrupting greenhouse gas emissions, contributing approximately 25 percent of global carbon dioxide. To address climate change and make cities healthier and livable, we aim to revolutionize urban transportation, creating a shared, electric, and carbon-free future.”

Hampton will be the second city in Hampton Roads to contract with Lime, and is hoping to eventually see the success Norfolk has enjoyed. Norfolk has had Lime scooters for approximately two years now, and states that the e-scooters have been ridden more than one million miles locally. Norfolk currently has 1,100 Lime scooters in their fleet. Virginia Beach briefly had a contract with Lime, but terminated it over public safety concerns and banned the use of scooters in 2019.

Lime is currently available in more than 150 cities globally.

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