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Lime valuation hits $2B in latest fundraising round
Lime’s valuation is now at $2 billion following a new round of fundraising from which it is expected to take in $400 million, according to Recode. Though Recode and The Wall Street Journal both report the $2 billion valuation will be something of a climb-down for the company, which had initially been looking at a nearly $4 billion valuation. Bird has made similar moves to scale back its fundraising ambitions.
San Diego, companies sued over dockless ‘onslaught’
A disability rights group is suing the city of San Diego and companies Bird, Lime and Razor due to the “onslaught of unregulated dockless scooters," according to NBC San Diego.
Disabilities Rights California accuses the companies of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by not keeping sidewalks clear of the scooters for people who are visually impaired or who use wheelchairs or walkers. The class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Southern Court of California.
Lime data: Car reliance cut in cities that embrace technology
Data released by Lime shows that the cities that have embraced dockless bikes and scooters have seen a reduction in car reliance and have added to their mobility options.
The company said that of the more-than 11,000 responses to a global survey, 30% of riders replaced a trip they would normally take by car with a bike or scooter. It also showed that people who wouldn’t normally ride a bike or scooter have been attracted to the service. Lime riders also would like more protected infrastructure like bike lanes, the survey said.
Orlando, FL painting parking spaces for dockless bikes
Orlando, FL has started painting designated parking spaces for dockless bikes and scooters, according to Orlando Weekly. City spokeswoman Karyn Barber told the outlet the city’s Department of Transportation "will be creating additional bike parking through a combination of taped/painted boxes, the new concrete pads and the installation of new bike racks." She added there will not be a fine for not using the parking spaces offered.
Omaha, NE announces scooter pilot program
Dockless scooters could be on the streets of Omaha, NE as early as March under a new pilot program announced by Mayor Jean Stothert. The city issued a request for proposals (RFP) calling on companies to take part, with three set to be chosen. Each must pay $10,000 to join the pilot, as well as 50 cents per day per scooter. Each company will be limited to 500 scooters.
"Dockless scooters have the potential to expand mobility options in Omaha. This pilot will give us the information we need to evaluate the long-term potential for this technology," Stothert said in a statement.
Corpus Christi, TX and Tempe, AZ approve regulations
Two cities — Corpus Christi, TX and Tempe, AZ — recently approved regulations on dockless bikes and scooters.
Corpus Christi Business News reports that the city will charge a $1 per day per scooter fee to the three companies that operate there: Bird, Lime and Blue Duck.
Meanwhile, KTAR reports that Tempe is charging operators $1.06 per day per vehicle to operate, in addition to paying almost $8,000 per year to apply for and hold a business license and share data. Bikes or scooters parked in the public right of way will be flagged to the companies, which have two hours to move them or else face a $100 fine.
Kristin Musulin, Chris Teale and Sean Gibbons contributed to this post.