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'Too many car journeys cover very short distances' says Khan on the day Lime e-scooters launch


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From today (7 June) the travelling public can rent a Lime e-scooter as part of London's electric scooter rental trial scheme.


The launch has been backed by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who has said in a tweet: "Too many car journeys in London cover very short distances - we need alternatives.

"From today (7 June), you can rent e-scooters in Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Richmond and Canary Wharf."


Lime's Gen 4 e-scooter will be available through the app alongside their e-bike rentals feature.

A spokesperson for the company said: "London, Gen 4 scooters are here! We are proud to serve London with our safest, smoothest scooter as residents spring back with Lime.


"We love the Gen 4: Swappable batteries. Swept handlebars. Lower deck. Bigger wheels. Enhanced reflectors, and so much more.


"We are proud to serve London as the only multi-modal operator in the capital, providing two safe and sustainable transport options for Londoners."


Lime were selected to be part of London's e-scooter trials by Transport for London (TfL) at the start of May.

At the time of that announcement, a Lime spokesperson said: "We're proud to have already served more than 400,000 Londoners through our shared e-bike service over the last three years, and are delighted to now be able to bring our latest e-scooters to London.


"We are now focused on developing a world-class e-scooter service for residents and visitors to London - improving and innovating alongside TfL, the Boroughs and the other transport operators to ensure Lime works for every Londoner."


Although e-scooters are currently considered illegal to ride on public roads and footpaths, any e-scooter hired through the trial scheme will be legal for members of the public to use in accordance with government guidelines.

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