Elizabeth will roll out Union County’s first Lime e-scooter program on Friday, following program launches in various New Jersey cities since a law legalized them this spring.
Mayor Christian Bollwage lauded the pilot program as an opportunity for quick and affordable travel throughout the city and as going hand in hand with Elizabeth’s go-green initiatives.
“Whether you are using these scooters to travel to your destination or just navigating to lunch, these micromobility devices can help fill in the gaps between public transportation for hundreds of commuters each day, resulting in reduced traffic congestion, parking issues and more,” Bollwage said in a statement.
Up to 400 GPS-enabled scooters will be available for public use around the city starting Friday. Lime scooters are $1 to unlock and $0.20 per minute to ride. Residents who are on federal and state assistance will have the opportunity to access half-priced rides by signing up for Lime’s discount program for lower-income residents, LimeAccess.
Dock-free, they can be picked up and dropped off anywhere in Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is the third city to launch an e-scooter program in New Jersey. Hoboken’s Lime pilot launched in May and ends in November, and Asbury Park’s Spin e-scooter pilot launched in August and will conclude in June 2020.
Hoboken riders have taken more than half a million rides in that time, replacing approximately 165,000 car trips. In the first month of Asbury Park’s program, more than 5,000 riders took over 15,000 trips.
A previously announced 3 p.m. preview event Oct. 30 at the River Trail, which was to include a 60-minute scooter safety training course for police officers and city employees, has been cancelled.