Is it scooter company Lime’s moment to shine?

May 20, 2020 by  
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Is it scooter company Lime’s moment to shine? Katie Fehrenbacher Wed, 05/20/2020 – 02:20 If you look at the headlines about the shared scooter industry — with service shut-downs and cratering valuations — you easily could predict the long-hyped sector’s demise. But what if now is the moment for scooters to really shine and deliver the unique transportation value that the new world needs? At least for a company that remains standing.  For Andrew Savage, Lime’s head of sustainability and impact, the time for scooters has arrived, in a similar way that online meeting platform Zoom, food delivery services and connected biking company Peloton are exploding during the shelter-in-place order. “I believe that post-pandemic, it will be micromobility’s moment,” said Savage in an interview.  If you haven’t been following the roller coaster ride of Lime lately, here’s a recap. The company, along with some of its peers, shut down most services when the pandemic hit, laid off some employees, ended up raising a $170 million round led by Uber and in the process also acquired Uber’s shared bike service Jump. Plus, the funding forced it to reportedly lose 80 percent of its valuation.  But in recent weeks Lime has started to open up services, as more of an essential operation, in Paris, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Oklahoma City, Austin, Columbus, Washington, D.C. and other cities. It appears that riders in these cities are turning to scooters as a major transportation service. Lime has seen median trip times double in Oklahoma City and Columbus since reopening, indicating that riders are using scooters for full commutes instead of just first mile and last mile.  Now more than ever, people are demanding open-air, single-occupancy transportation. Part of the shift obviously comes from consumer need and preference. “Now more than ever, people are demanding open-air, single-occupancy transportation,” Savage noted. It also has to do with distrust in the safety of public transportation, which has seen spikes in operators falling ill to COVID-19 in places such as New York. Another part of the transformation has to do with policy. Some cities such as Paris are working hard to make sure that a post-pandemic world isn’t overrun with single occupancy vehicle driving . Paris is building 404 miles of lanes for micromobility, including bikes and scooters, and last week Lime relaunched its 2,000-scooter service as the city has started to ease its lockdown. The scooter companies are being forced to adapt to the new world in order to survive. “We spent the first two years as an industry as disruptors of the status quo. What we’ve seen during the pandemic is scooters are being established as more of an essential service,” Savage said.  City leaders and transportation planners have long called for scooter companies and cities to align more closely to offer riders better service. It looks as if a crisis might be able to make that a reality.  Of course, this can only be a big moment for scooters if the operators make it through the hard times. For Lime, the pandemic shut-down came at a particularly inopportune time for the company. “We were on the doorstep of being the first micromobility company to reach profitability and be cash-flow positive,” Savage said.  Post-pandemic, Lime might be a smaller company with a lower valuation, but it has the opportunity to grow its position as the dominant micromobility provider. It has the Jump bikes, a new round of funding, a deeper partnership with Uber and the most widespread reach. Savage said: “I think we’re in the best position to take advantage of the moment.” What do you think? Will scooters surge like Zoom? Funny, I always thought Uber and Lyft eventually would dominate the scooter market.  This article is adapted from GreenBiz’s weekly newsletter, Transport Weekly, running Tuesdays. Subscribe here . Pull Quote Now more than ever, people are demanding open-air, single-occupancy transportation. Topics Transportation & Mobility COVID-19 E-scooters Public Transit Featured Column Driving Change Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 0 Sponsored Article Off A lime scooter in San Diego in April. Shutterstock Simone Hogan Close Authorship

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Huge 200mph Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb, Find Out How You Can Help

May 21, 2013 by  
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A huge tornado more than one mile wide touched down in Oklahoma Monday afternoon, flattening a community of 41,000 south of Oklahoma City and killing roughly 91 people. Eye witnesses report that the tornado, which has received a preliminary rating of four out of five on the Enhanced Fujita Scale and reached wind speeds of up to 200mph, tossed around cars during its 20 mile journey, crushed homes and ripped apart buildings – including two schools. Twenty children are among the dead and scores more were rushed to various hospitals with injuries. This tornado is the worst to hit the suburb since 1999 and officials from the National Weather Service warn that more could be on their way. Meanwhile, hundreds of people have lost their homes and many are looking for loved ones. Hit the jump to find out what you can do to help. Read the rest of Huge 200mph Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb, Find Out How You Can Help Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Environment , environmental destruction , how to help Oklahoma tornado victims , locate Oklahoma tornado pets , locate Oklahoma tornado victims , natural disasters , News , Oklahoma tornado destruction , Oklahoma tornado relief , photos of Oklahoma tornado        

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Huge 200mph Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb, Find Out How You Can Help

May 21, 2013 by  
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A huge tornado more than one mile wide touched down in Oklahoma Monday afternoon, flattening a community of 41,000 south of Oklahoma City and killing roughly 91 people. Eye witnesses report that the tornado, which has received a preliminary rating of four out of five on the Enhanced Fujita Scale and reached wind speeds of up to 200mph, tossed around cars during its 20 mile journey, crushed homes and ripped apart buildings – including two schools. Twenty children are among the dead and scores more were rushed to various hospitals with injuries. This tornado is the worst to hit the suburb since 1999 and officials from the National Weather Service warn that more could be on their way. Meanwhile, hundreds of people have lost their homes and many are looking for loved ones. Hit the jump to find out what you can do to help. Read the rest of Huge 200mph Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb, Find Out How You Can Help Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Environment , environmental destruction , how to help Oklahoma tornado victims , locate Oklahoma tornado pets , locate Oklahoma tornado victims , natural disasters , News , Oklahoma tornado destruction , Oklahoma tornado relief , photos of Oklahoma tornado        

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Oklahoma City Developer Offers $100,000 to Anyone Who Will Take His Geodesic Dome

March 25, 2013 by  
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Buckminster-Fuller ‘s ground-breaking geodesic domes might have been technologically revolutionary and highly efficient, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to find a roofer to maintain them. For that reason—and several others—a developer is not only trying to get rid of his Bucky-inspired dome , he’s offering a whopping $100,000 bonus to anyone who will take it off his hands. The Gold Dome, once a branch of Citizen’s State Bank on Route 66 in Oklahoma City, was recently purchased by David Box who has found $2.5 million worth of problems with the building—leading him to offer up the distinctive dome to anyone who will take it. Read the rest of Oklahoma City Developer Offers $100,000 to Anyone Who Will Take His Geodesic Dome Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bailey Bozalis Dickinson and Roloff. route 66 , bank reuse , Buckminster Fuller , bucky balls , david box , geodesic dome , Gold Dome , historic demolition , historic landmark , historic preservation , oklahoma , Oklahoma City , old banks

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Tiny Adob Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

March 25, 2013 by  
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Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne’s Psychedelic Renovated Warehouse is Fit for a Rock Star

December 23, 2011 by  
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GE Scientists Create 3D Printed Christmas Tree Ornaments!

December 23, 2011 by  
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Scientists at GE Global Research lab are getting into the holiday spirit with a slew of fun Christmas-themed experiments. From designing a state of the art sleigh for Santa to creating a brand new toy-lab for the North Pole, they have found a number of  fun new uses for some of the world’s most innovative technology. Their latest project doesn’t require a lab coat however, as the scientists take 3-D printing to a new level, creating 3D printed Christmas tree ornaments ! Read the rest of GE Scientists Create 3D Printed Christmas Tree Ornaments! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3-d design , 3-D Printing , 3-d technology , Christmas Ornaments , eco 3-d printing , eco decorations , eco design , eco holidays , GE Global Research , green christmas , green christmas ornaments , green decorations , green design , green holidays , sustainable design , sustainable holiday decorations , sustainable holidays

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