SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Lime is releasing its dockless scooters and bikes from San Diego, a month after a hearing officer ruled the company could keep its license to operate.
Lime announced Thursday that they will not be renewing their operating license in San Diego but will be monitoring the opportunity to return in the future.
âAs part of our path to profitability, Lime has made the difficult decision to leave San Diego and focus our resources on markets that allow us to meet our ambitious goals for 2020,â said a statement from Lime. âWe are grateful to our team members, riders, Juicers and the communities who have supported us throughout this journey. We appreciate the partnership we have enjoyed with San Diego and remain hopeful that we can reintroduce Lime to the community when the time is right. “
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The company said it tried to work with city officials on compliance and safety issues, but was instead forced to defend its license, which it did successfully. Lime added that the city’s most recent regulations have resulted in a decrease in ridership and the city has not been transparent about towing by city-contracted and private towing companies.
In December, city council leaders voted to ban electric scooters from city rides at Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Bay Park Bayside Walk and La Jolla Shores.
A month earlier, city leaders had passed new regulations for electric scooters and bicycles, including lowering the speed limit from 15 to 8 miles per hour on boardwalks, a ban on parking vehicles. scooters in some areas and permit fees.
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Lime said it was also shutting down operations in Atlanta, Phoenix and San Antonio as part of its “path to profitability.”
In September 2019, Uber also launched the call to remove its dockless scooters and bikes from San Diego. The company said at the time that “we agree with local San Diego officials who said current micromobility regulations promote an unsustainable operating environment.”
Data released in October 2019 showed that 222,076 people drove the vehicles without a dock during the two-week period ending October 15, compared to 441,830 from July 15 to July 30.