On Wednesday, Lime, the scooter-sharing company, returned to the streets of St. Paul with its newest model, the Gen4 electric scooter.
Gen4 features swept-back handlebars that resemble bike grips, twin handbrakes, a lowered baseboard, improved suspension, wider wheels, a swappable battery, and a two-sided kickstand to avoid tilting, among other features (and street clutter). The new scooter was billed as the “smoothest and most environmentally-friendly shared scooter ride available” by the Santa Monica, Calif.-based micro-mobility startup in publicity materials.
All rides in Frogtown, Payne-Phalen, the North End, Dayton’s Bluff, and the West Side are 30 percent discounted using the company’s “Equity Zone Pricing.” Lime, which operates in 175 locations on five continents, is returning to St. Paul for the fifth year.
The City Council of St. Paul authorized a one-year arrangement with Lime in May, giving the firm the option to extend the seasonal contract for up to four more years.