On Friday, Brooklyn Councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel and e-scooter provider Lime held a scooter demo in Brownsville to introduce residents to the sustainable mode of transport, as the company looks to expand into the neighborhood.
Ampry-Samuel, who represents East Flatbush and Brownsville, said the communities she served were underserved by traditional transport options and were in need of affordable and sustainable solutions.
“We’re interested in the sustainability and convenience that electric scooters can bring,” Ampry-Samuel told BK Reader.
“I’m glad that the 41st Council District is a priority and appreciate Lime’s demonstration of how their scooter can help local residents.”
With the New York City Department of Transport moving closer to launching its e-scooter pilot program, Lime Senior Director for Government Relations Phil Jones said the company felt it was important to come to communities like Brownsville, where residents could most benefit from having safe, affordable and sustainable transportation options.
“We enjoyed demonstrating our world-class scooter — currently operating in more than 100 cities around the world — and it’s range of features, including geo-fencing, sidewalk riding detection and parking technology,” he said.
E-scooters became legal in New York City in Nov. 2020. The rules of use are: Riders must be over 16; Helmets are required for those under 18; and certain types of throttle-controlled bicycles require everyone to wear a helmet.
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