Lime joins the National Complete Streets Coalition - Smart Growth America

The National Complete Streets Coalition is just that—a coalition—and its success is made possible by many partner organizations, which now includes Lime. We spoke with Jonathan Perri, Director of Advocacy, to learn more about Lime’s work and what drives their commitment to Complete Streets.

The National Complete Streets Coalition, which launched this movement in 2004, promotes the development and implementation of Complete Streets policies and professional practices. Our team spoke with Lime to learn more about their work and why they are joining the National Complete Streets Coalition. Read on to hear from Jonathan Perri, Director of Advocacy.

Tell us about Lime and your mission:

Lime is now the world’s leading shared micromobility provider, with electric bikes, scooters, and now mopeds, operating in more than 160 cities across 30 countries. To date, more than 200 million trips have been taken globally on our vehicles. We work closely with local stakeholders to address evolving transportation needs and provide communities with sustainable alternatives to car ownership and the use of cars for short trips.

Our mission is to build a future for urban transportation that is shared, affordable and carbon-free, resulting in healthier, cleaner and more equitable cities. We believe in People First Cities, places designed and powered by the people — not cars.

What kinds of projects has Lime been working on lately?

There’s always so much going on at Lime! Some of the most important projects to me are our new sustainability commitments, the growth of our Lime Access program, and our new People First Cities advocacy campaign.

Sustainability has always been core to our mission. Lime was the first micromobility provider to use renewable energy to power our e-scooters and e-bikes and we’re now 100% renewable powered in all our warehouses and offices as well. We recently launched Ride Green, a new sustainability initiative in partnership with WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to advocate for more sustainable cities and do our part through commitments like becoming carbon negative by 2025 across our company and supply chain and net-zero by 2030, in line with the targets set by the Paris Climate Accords. By 2025 we also aim to prevent over 100 million car trips each year, equal to the carbon that 65,000 acres of forest can sequester annually.

I manage our Lime Access program which addresses transportation inequity by providing free or discounted trips to riders enrolled in many forms of local, state, or federal public assistance programs including SNAP, Medicare, or a reduced public transit fare program. Nearly 1% of our monthly trips in the United States are now taken by Lime Access users!

Our newest initiative is our People First Cities campaign, which provides our riders an easy way to advocate for new infrastructure investments, like the Complete Streets Act in the United States Congress. The campaign also leverages our ridership data showing gains in active mobility on new bike lanes to give cities additional validation for sustaining or growing these investments.

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