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Electric Scooters Coming to Brookline



    Electric Scooters Set to Return to Brookline

    Brookline is ready to bring back electric scooters after a brief appearance in some Massachusetts cities last year.

    (Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019)

    Get ready to scoot your way around Brookline, Massachusetts!

    Town officials reached a deal with Lime and Bird Scooters to launch a pilot program in the community starting April 1.

    "Our hope and expectation is that it will, and will be a successful program once we see the demand," Hachem Alaoui Soce, Lime's Northeast general manager, said Wednesday.

    Both Bird's and Lime's scooters work in conjunction with a phone-based app that unlocks the electric scooters. Lime says it will initially launch 100 of the electric scooters around Brookline, but that could go up based on demand.

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    The scooters can go up to 15 mph.

    Bird launched scooters in Somerville and Cambirdge last summer, only to pull them out after town officials in both complained about the lack of an agreement.

    "Bird is thrilled to bring our fun and environmentally friendly transportation option to Brookline this spring," a Bird spokesperson said. "We look forward to doing the same for Brookline. We have been working closely with city officials as they move forward with this pilot program and we applaud their leadership on the important issue of transportation innovation."

    Lime officials say scooter users should use bike lanes when possible, and never ride on the sidewalk.

    "If it is anything like the rest of the world, it should catch on, it is convenient, affordable, reliable sustainable, and that really speaks to people," Alaoui Soce said.

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