Electric Scooters

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby karlshea » November 9th, 2018, 7:07 pm

mattaudio wrote:
November 9th, 2018, 10:43 am
Finally, what are their plans for winter?
I was just laughing about that with my friend this morning. I'm guessing they aren't great on ice.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby MattW » April 22nd, 2019, 8:32 pm

When are these bad boys launching this year?

I thought they'd be out in conjunction with the NiceRide launch

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby Silophant » April 22nd, 2019, 9:13 pm

It seems that the city just got around to approving this year's vendors today, so it depends on how long it takes to get the actual contracts ironed out.

Of note: the four selected vendors this year are Lime, Lyft, Jump (Uber) and Spin. Bird sent out an email to their users this morning asking them to complain to the city about excluding them, which presumes a lot more brand loyalty than I think exists.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby mamundsen » April 23rd, 2019, 6:54 am

Jump looks like they use the same brand as Lime. Which is too bad because I remember many Lime scooters breaking last year.

It’s interesting that they are capping city wide at 2K and downtown at 800, with a required 600 in North. All split evenly between the 4 companies. That sounds like a lot to manage.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby MattW » April 23rd, 2019, 8:23 am

mamundsen wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 6:54 am
Jump looks like they use the same brand as Lime. Which is too bad because I remember many Lime scooters breaking last year.

It’s interesting that they are capping city wide at 2K and downtown at 800, with a required 600 in North. All split evenly between the 4 companies. That sounds like a lot to manage.
By the end of summer, Lime and Bird were using a variety of scooter models in their fleets. I remember seeing smashed scooters out there, but I'd reckon they've updated since they were here last.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby MattW » April 25th, 2019, 1:12 pm

MattW wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 8:32 pm
When are these bad boys launching this year?

I thought they'd be out in conjunction with the NiceRide launch
To answer half of my own question, Lime scooters are on the streets in St. Paul.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby CalMcKenney » April 25th, 2019, 2:29 pm

MattW wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 1:12 pm
MattW wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 8:32 pm
When are these bad boys launching this year?

I thought they'd be out in conjunction with the NiceRide launch
To answer half of my own question, Lime scooters are on the streets in St. Paul.
I feel like it’s weird that they launched in St. Paul before Minneapolis. Also there’s still no signs of the other companies (Lyft, Jump, Spin) getting their scooters out there. I’m probably just impatient, but cmon I wanna get on one!

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby MattW » April 25th, 2019, 3:36 pm

CalMcKenney wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 2:29 pm
MattW wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 1:12 pm
MattW wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 8:32 pm
When are these bad boys launching this year?

I thought they'd be out in conjunction with the NiceRide launch
To answer half of my own question, Lime scooters are on the streets in St. Paul.
I feel like it’s weird that they launched in St. Paul before Minneapolis. Also there’s still no signs of the other companies (Lyft, Jump, Spin) getting their scooters out there. I’m probably just impatient, but cmon I wanna get on one!
Same here. I had a opportunity to talk with Mayor Frey for a few minutes yesterday. As far as he knows, the only thing stopping them from arriving here is the companies themselves.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby grrdanko » April 25th, 2019, 4:03 pm

There are a few Lime scooters out in Minneapolis right now.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby seanrichardryan » April 28th, 2019, 9:58 pm

Saw a Lime scooter this evening at Menards. Noticed they now have front lights so they can be ridden at night. I also see them on the map after dark.
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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby grant1simons2 » April 29th, 2019, 9:35 pm

You saw the lime scooter I look to Menards yesterday? neat

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby seanrichardryan » April 29th, 2019, 9:43 pm

Lol, I guess so.
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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby hoffm83n » May 5th, 2019, 9:57 am

so there's 100 lime scooters in west st. paul alone but still none in minneapolis. bizarre

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby twinkess » May 5th, 2019, 11:55 am

hoffm83n wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 9:57 am
so there's 100 lime scooters in west st. paul alone but still none in minneapolis. bizarre
Weird, I almost got ran over by a group of three lime scooters on the sidewalk in Elliot Park on Tuesday.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby grant1simons2 » May 5th, 2019, 5:04 pm

Woah what a tragic event I hope you survived

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby twinkess » May 6th, 2019, 4:19 pm

grant1simons2 wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Woah what a tragic event I hope you survived
Thanks! Yes I did survive. Your concern is appreciated.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby grrdanko » May 13th, 2019, 4:09 pm

Lime scooters are out in Minneapolis today.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby Anondson » June 2nd, 2019, 7:19 pm

Has anyone tried out the various scooter options? I’d seen Lime all over, now Spin started showing up.

Are there significant distinctions between services? Between scooters themselves?

I’ve never rented a scooter, I’d love to see a comparison by someone who has tried them each.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby trkaiser » June 2nd, 2019, 8:01 pm

I rented my first Lime the other day and it felt more sketchy than the Birds. It seemed like there was less foot room and, in general, like it was more dangerous. Did survive scoot from south end of downtown up to Central and 22nd, which felt like an accomplishment.

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Re: Electric Scooters

Postby jw138 » June 3rd, 2019, 11:42 am

It seems like there are far too few scooters in Minneapolis for this service to be useful, and sustainable. Every time we've tried renting, there haven't been two available within walking distance. We've even tried doing so in LynLake! Earlier this year we found San Antonio completely saturated with them. There were at least 3-4 providers and it seemed like there were a half dozen always available within a square block. In that sort of environment it's easy to see the community developing a dependency on the service. Has there been any news about increasing the saturation in Minneapolis?


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