Lime, the California-based bike-sharing company, announced that it will roll out a fleet of electric scooters in St. Louis on Friday, the latest development in a busy stretch for mobility startups in the city.
Lime’s scooter service, called Lime-S, arrives the week after another scooter startup, Bird, debuted in St. Louis before suspending its service over permitting issues. Bird said it planned to resume operating in St. Louis this week.
Also this week, Ofo, a bike-sharing startup, announced that it will pull its bikes out of several markets, including St. Louis.
Lime, which is backed by Uber and Google, has more than 1,000 dockless rental bikes in the St. Louis area. They arrived in April.
Lime-S scooters cost $1 to unlock and 15 cents per minute to ride. The company said it will start with more than 200 of the battery-powered scooters in St. Louis, and more will be added based on demand.
The company also plans to launch a new line of electric assist bikes powered by lithium ion batteries.