Newly released data from Lime further demonstrate the connection between dock-free micromobility and equitable urban transportation.
In a recent survey with more than 7,500 responses, Lime riders in the US were asked about personal characteristics including:
- Gender Identity
- Household income
Such information is vitally important in understanding the impact that electric scooters are having on mobility access. And so far, the results are very encouraging.
According to the League of American Bicyclists’ 2018 Benchmarking Report, just over 1/4 of bicycling commuters are women. In contrast, 33% of Lime riders identify as female.
Similarly, while 27% of Americans identify as people of color, that number jumps to 36% when talking about Lime riders.
"As someone who has studied bicycling for many years, I’m very encouraged by the way Lime is enticing new communities to try out and adopt two-wheeled transportation,” said Calvin Thigpen, Lime’s Policy Research Manager. “We still have room for improvement, but this is progress we can celebrate.”
The encouraging statistics about diversity and accessibility include low to middle income earners as well. Survey results show that more than half of Lime riders live in households that earn less than $75,000 annually. That’s $6,000 less than the average US household income.
Earlier this month, Lime’s policy team announced another milestone when nearly 2/3 of Mexico City electric scooter riders reported using Lime to transport themselves to or from public transit in the previous month.