Lime scooters

Two Lime electric scooters parked in a parking space at The Growler Guys in Meridian on Sept. 28, 2018.

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Lime, a ride sharing company, plans to pause operations in Meridian until mid-March.

The pause will allow the company to meet the conditions of the joint agreement, some of which were not followed when Lime first launched late last month, according to a city of Meridian email to residents Tuesday.

During the pause, Lime plans to work in collaboration with the city to educate residents about properly using Lime scooters, said Aaron Kindall, operations manager for Lime in Boise and Meridian. He said details of the launch, such as the number of scooters to be deployed, would be announced closer to the March.

Lime scooters were first deployed in Meridian on Sept. 27. The deploy was met with mixed reactions from residents. The city asked Lime to pause use of the scooters on Oct. 2.

The Meridian Police Department was not alerted to the deployment until hours after scooters were on the street, Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey said. He said the department was spending a lot of time chasing complaints ranging from scooter races to broken scooters.

On Oct. 1, the Ada County Highway District impounded 13 Lime scooters that were blocking ramps and sidewalks, district spokeswoman Natalie Shaver said.

The city of Meridian has asked BIRD, another ride sharing companies with electric scooters, to delay their launch date until mid-March as well. City officials said BIRD had been eyeing a launch date in mid-October. The city’s email said this gives both companies time to reach out to local businesses, work with Meridian police and collaborate with ACHD and the Idaho Transportation Department to ensure the launch is safe.

It also provides time for Lime to educate the community about safe e-scooter operations and figure out logistics, such as where to properly park the e-scooters, the email said.

Patty Bowen is the Meridian Press reporter. You can reach her at pbowen@idahopress.com.

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