Fate of Hoboken’s e-scooter program uncertain as pilot period ends
The six-month pilot program for Lime electronic scooters in Hoboken will soon come to an end, leaving the fate of this mode of transportation in the city uncertain.
The program will end Wednesday and city officials say that there is no plan to extend the pilot program for now.
“The only way [the program] continues is if the city council approves an extension and there is no council meeting between Nov. 20 and Dec. 4,” says Hoboken Director of Transportation Ryan Sharp.
Hoboken residents have been split on the arrival of the scooters in the city. Critics say that the riders are not following the rules and are riding dangerously around the city. News 12 New Jersey saw one rider on a scooter along with a child on board. Having more than one passenger on a scooter is prohibited. So is riding on sidewalks and riding the wrong way down a one-way street – all things critics say that they have witnessed riders doing.
These are among some of the issues Lime says it will be addressing and will work out if they can continue to operate in Hoboken.
“The No. 1 thing for us is to move forward with the city and find the most effective and the most reliable ways to actually implement this program,” says Brett Swanson, with Lime Government Relations and Community Affairs.
Sharp says that nothing about the scooters has been decided.
“If we were to continue the program, at some point we'd have to go through a competitive bidding process,” he says. “So, that means anyone could win potentially, and also we could not have a program. We could have a program that looks very different, we could have another pilot.”
Hoboken officials will now look at the results of a survey of scooter riders and Hoboken residents. The results of that survey will be made public next week.
Lime says that there were more than 600,000 scooter rides during the six months of the program.