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Minneapolis Is Using E‑Scooters To Replace Cars, But There’s A Catch

Minneapolis is leading the nation in helping turn car trips into scooter trips, but there's a catch.

Beginning in July, Lime paired up with city leaders to get a detailed understanding of scooter usage in the larger of the Twin Cities. The data, collected and analyzed from more than 1,000 survey respondents, tells two stories: the first about why city residents are using electric scooters, and the second about what’s stopping them from riding more.


According to the survey results, micromobility options like Lime help to enable more convenient urban living. 72% of all respondents reported living within the Minneapolis metropolitan area, and more than ⅓ reported using Lime to access public transit at least once in the last month.

According to one participant: “If there were scooters at the bus stop, I would definitely use them instead of driving. I love the bus/scooter combo - much more than driving my car!”

Car-light lifestyles were a common thread among riders, as more than half reported living in households with one or fewer cars and 51% reported using a vehicle less often because of the availability of electric scooters. Similarly, 38% of trips replaced a personal car, rideshare or taxi ride according to respondents.

Finally, nearly 40% of Minneapolis riders reported living in households earning less than $75,000 per year.


The main reason more Minneapolitans aren’t able to access micromobility can be summed up in two words: scooter shortage.

When asked what prevents them from riding more often, more than 77% of survey respondents selected “scooter availability” as opposed to other options including feeling safe, inclement weather and inadequate infrastructure.

“This is a terrific mode of transportation that, with availability, can only getbetter,” said one rider.

According to Nico Probst, Lime’s Head of Midwest Government Relations, the issue of availability is one that can be resolved both quickly and thoughtfully. “We’re excited to work with the city to find ways of intelligently increasing scooter access so that we can supplement the encouraging modeshift numbers we’re already seeing in the region,” he said.



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