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Lime scoots into the Hutt Valley

Published: Fri 14 Dec 2018 11:27 AM
Lime scoots into the Hutt Valley
The streets of Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt are glowing in green in time for Christmas, as global urban mobility phenomenon Lime launched its smart, dock-free scooters today.
Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt are the third and fourth New Zealand cities to jump on the Lime bandwagon, following incredible uptake in Auckland and Christchurch.
Lime’s Wellington Region Operations Manager, Sam Seiniger said the scooters will provide residents and visitors with connectivity to public transport infrastructure.
“The Hutt Valley is a beautiful place with great scenic paths, so we want people out of cars exploring the cities,” Mr Seiniger said.
“Parking around train stations in Lower Hutt is especially overwhelmed, so the scooters are a fantastic addition making public transport more accessible to commuters.”
Lime has been working closely with the New Zealand Transport Agency to make sure all risks and safety concerns have been mitigated and will continue to work with the Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council.
Hutt City Council’s General Manager of City Transformation, Kim Kelly said electric scooters are an exciting new way for people to move around Lower Hutt.
“The way we view and plan for transport in our city will be informed by technology advancements and we intend to follow up on these innovations by involving Lower Hutt residents in a wider discussion about transport,” said Kim Kelly.
Lime has seen incredible success in New Zealand, recording more than 500,000 rides and 150,000 active unique users since its dual launches in Auckland and Christchurch in October.
New Zealand Lime Launcher Hank Rowe said there is no sign of speedbumps when it comes to expanding across the country.
“The uptake in New Zealand has been incredible and we are looking forward to bringing Lime to more communities,” Mr Rowe said.
“I always knew Kiwis would relish the opportunity to use a greener, innovative, and fun mode of transport but even I am surprised by New Zealand’s zest for the scooters.”
Scooters will be collected every night by ‘juicers’ to minimise the risk of theft, damage or faults.
Residents can sign up as ‘juicers’ and earn up to $150 a day collecting and charging the scooters.
A number of ‘juicers’ in Christchurch and Auckland have been able to use the easy income to contribute to many things such as holidays, home loans and Christmas presents.
Lime is now looking to grow their ‘juicer’ community in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt.
Lime’s commitment to improving city living and urban transportation infrastructure has transformed travel across the globe, expanding to more than 130 markets and recording 20 million rides since its inception in 2017.
More information visit https://www.li.me/
Social media: @limebike, #KiwisandLimes #citrusgotreal
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