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Parisians Turn To Scooters To Stay Mobile During Transit Strikes

Policy | December 18, 2019 | Share 

Record numbers of Parisians are turning to electric scooters to help fill the temporary mobility void caused by this month’s large-scale transit union strikes. 


In a recent survey of Paris Lime riders conducted after protests began on December 5, a staggering 94% of respondents identified as persons living in or around the French capital. This is up nearly 25 percentage points from pre-strike numbers of around 70%. 


“What we’re seeing here is an example of the versatility of micromobility systems,” said Lime Policy Research Manager Calvin Thigpen. “As social and transportation conditions change within a city, electric scooters and bikes can be used to fill transit gaps and help minimize potentially harmful disruptions to citizens’ everyday mobility needs.”


The data supports this idea in more ways than one. According to survey results, the amount of riders in Paris who used Lime to commute to/from work or school on their last trip increased more than 20 percentage points since the start of the strikes, from 41% before to 62% after. 


At the same time, Lime is serving the needs of more new and infrequent riders than usual (38% of riders have taken six or fewer micromobility trips compared to 27% pre-strike), and female riders have been more likely to use Lime during the strike (36% versus 31%). 


The growth comes amid a cooperative agreement between Lime and the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), Paris’ state-owned public transport operator. In an effort to help reduce automobile congestion on Parisian roadways during the strike, Lime has made discount ride codes available to scooter riders in the French capital.


“Through our partnership with the RATP, we aim not only to offer all Parisians a reliable transportation alternative during this period but also to enable new riders to discover the benefits of micromobility,” said Arthur-Louis Jacquier, Lime’s General Manager in Paris. “As the industry leader in France and around the world, it’s our responsibility to offer a service that’s well adapted to the needs of our riders, particularly during important events like this.”


The data surrounding Lime’s ridership in Paris comes just a week after the global micromobility leader paired up with French environmental nonprofit RESPIRE to bring the Lime Hero donation program to Europe


To learn more about how micromobility is being adapted to benefit cities around the world in meaningful ways, subscribe to 2nd Street, or download the Lime app to take an electric scooter ride in Paris today.


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