Lime scooters are officially coming to Canada.
The company launched its Lime-S e-scooters in a Waterloo pilot project this morning. The City of Waterloo, in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, identified a 6.5-kilometre route that connects Waterloo Park with the University’s main campus and continues into the David Johnston Research + Technology Park. One hundred scooters will be deployed in the trail system.
The project will run while the weather permits, before restarting in April and running for the summer. City Council will determine in August if the city will continue the project.
“Over the past several months, we have spent time in Waterloo to understand how our Lime-S escooters can help this progressive city reach its smart transportation goals,” said Andrew Savage, VP of strategic development for Lime. “We are committed to meeting the unique needs of cities across Canada and are excited to continue expanding our global footprint.”
Lime said it is working with provincial leaders to bring the scooters into other Canadian markets. Since first launching in June 2017, the company has worked in over 100 markets across the United States and Europe. By the end of 2018, Lime plans to launch in 50 new cities internationally.
“The city of Waterloo is committed to encouraging and enabling alternate forms of transportation that appeal to a wide spectrum of our residents,” said Waterloo mayor Dave Jaworsky. “E-scooters have become a popular option in many other communities and I’m pleased that we are the first Canadian city to pilot a broad use of this mode of transportation.”