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Electric scooter ride share program launches in Honolulu

HONOLULU (KHON2) - It's a new way to get around some parts of Honolulu.

Lime is launching a pilot electric scooter ride sharing program they say will help with the city's clean mobility options.

Honolulu Operations Manager Nima Dalvari and Honolulu City Councilmember Trevor Ozawa joined Take2 with a demo.

Dalvari calls Lime a "smart urban mobility product" with a focus on the last mile of transportation.

The service is completely dock-free and uses a self-locking system. Riders unlock the scooters with their phones and lock them once they're parked properly. Each scooter is equipped with GPS.

The pilot program is in Waikiki, Ala Moana, and Kakaako.

Ozawa says that the city needs to be forward thinking and look at companies like Lime for alternative modes of transportation to lower our carbon footprint.

Ozawa also wanted to make clear that the company would have to follow all the rulings, regulations, and laws such as making sure they're out of the way for the ingress and egress of buildings.

The councilmember says Lime understands that the city will be holding them to a high standard with a tight leash. He adds that Lime knows regulations will be coming in the future.

The scooters have to be used in bike lanes and on the street, which Ozawa says helps with the initiative of complete streets.

If Lime is successful, they would like to expand to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, KCC, going up Waialae Ave. where there are steep inclines.

Lime is a 24-hour operation and their contact number is 1 (888)-LIME-345.

Dalvari says they've already been wildly successful with 1,500 miles traveled in Honolulu already.

Lime is in almost 60 U.S. cities and four countries outside of the U.S.


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