We’re well on our way to a Wall-E future where everybody rides a chair.
This week, Lime — after announcing its share bikes will soon be an all-electric fleet — also rolled out its LimePods for the general public in Seattle.
“Until now, the LimePod has only been available to a select group of super users and influencers,” we’re told.
LimePods, by the way, are cars. Eventually, the plan is for an electric ‘pod fleet, too. But, for now, Lime is just another floating car share gas guzzler in this town joining BMW’s ReachNow and Daimler’s car2go floating car share brands.
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The four wheeled providers are also considering the two-wheeled market as Uber and Lyft are joining Lime with bikes for rent on the streets of Seattle. You can’t miss Uber Jump bikes distributed on most busy corners in Capitol Hill and, last year, Lyft completed its acquisition of Motivate, “the nation’s largest bike-sharing company.”
The shifts come as data shows the share services hugely popular in Seattle and are contributing to the city’s clogged streets with around 40,000 motor vehicle rides a day starting in downtown, Belltown, South Lake Union, and on Capitol Hill.
SDOT says the bike shares, meanwhile, are an important addition to the public transit environment in the city. “At no cost to the City of Seattle, bike share users took over 2 million total rides through September 2018, including over 9,000 rides per day in July,” SDOT said last year. “Three-quarters of people who used bike share said that they used it to access public transit.”
The Durkan administration, meanwhile, has championed electric cars in the city and doing more to increase their adoption. Seattle City Light plans to install 18 more DC Fast Chargers for electric vehicles at 10 to 15 curbside and off-street locations across the city including one near Capitol Hill Station. A community meeting on the planned Broadway installation — which, by the way, would need to be moved to make way for any extension of the existing bikeway — has been rescheduled for March.