Scooter company Lime quietly planning national rollout to major Canadian cities

    Row of bikes from the sharing economy bicycle rental startup Lime parked on a street on Alameda Island, Alameda, California, August 13, 2018. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

    Lime is quietly preparing for a national rollout to major Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Victoria and Edmonton.

    The vehicle-sharing company, which offers pay-per-minute motorized scooters and dockless electric bikes, is hiring key staff across Canada and asking politicians in four provinces to alter laws to make it easier for its products to be used on city streets.

    An analysis of lobbying records and job postings shows that Lime is seeking to set up shop in specific neighbourhoods and hiring key staff across Canada, including managers tasked with getting the company off the ground in Vancouver, Montreal, Victoria and Edmonton. In Toronto, the company has already hired a “city launcher” and an operations manager.

    Lime has also been making presentations to city officials and provincial governments over the summer and fall, The Logic has learned. Some government officials expressed openness to changing laws to allow the company to operate. Others are expressing significant reservations.

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