Lime Scooters hosting safety trainings in Hampton on Saturday


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Officials with Lime Scooters are set to hold First Ride Academy safety trainings on Saturday in Hampton. The events celebrate the state of a one-year pilot program in the city.

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“Lime is incredibly excited about serving the City of Hampton and working to create a safe, enjoyable, and meaningful experience for residents and visitors alike,” said Robert Gardner, Director of Government Relations at Lime. “We are the largest, most experienced shared electric vehicle provider in the Commonwealth, but we build our programs to meet the unique needs of every city we serve. In Hampton we plan to operate a bespoke scooter program built on our global experience and our local focus on being a trusted partner for the city and its residents.”

The event is set for September 4 at City Hall from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Scooters are limited to 15 mph in Hampton and use geofencing technology to instruct their users where to ride and park. Riders must be 18 or older.

Scooter rentals begin Saturday, Sept. 4. Scooters will initially be available in the downtown and Phoebus areas.

“Scooters are available in many cities and provide a convenient, fun way for visitors to get to attractions and see the area,” said Robin McCormick, city spokesperson. “The initial pilot area focuses on downtown and Phoebus, two of our busiest restaurant districts, and also could help reduce demand for parking as well.”

Trips start at $3 for six minutes; then 32 cents per minute.

Lime also has a special access arrangement for lower-income people: Lime will offer 70% off regular pricing to recipients receiving federal, state, or local subsidy (50 cents to unlock and 7 cents per minute to ride.) Low-income riders can apply here.

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