According to trip data, Oakland residents are using Lime electric scooters to help satisfy first and last-mile transit needs. The median duration for these one million rides clocks in at 7 minutes, measuring an average distance of about 1 mile per trip.
“This is an important milestone," said Dave Campbell, Advocacy Director of Bike East Bay. "Scooters have proven to be an effective and highly popular mobility option in Oakland, and today’s announcement shows that the demand is there for new modes of transportation.”
In 2016, the American Census Survey estimated that 16.7% of Oakland households did not own a vehicle, 8 percentage points higher than the national average. Car-free households are more common in dense urban areas and in high poverty neighborhoods, as many residents can’t afford the steep price tags on vehicle ownership.
“Oakland is a long-standing cultural hub within the Bay Area, but like many cities it’s not without its issues surrounding transportation equity,” said EV Ellington, Lime’s General Manager of the Bay Area and Monterey. “This one million ride milestone represents one million miles of transit access that we’ve been able to help provide to city residents.”