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Sacramento now has 2 electric scooter options. What’s the difference between Jump and Lime?

Lime scooters arrive in Sacramento

Lime scooters were introduced to Sacramento on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, giving locals another option for transportation.
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Lime scooters were introduced to Sacramento on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, giving locals another option for transportation.

Jump is no longer the only shared scooter in Sacramento.

San Francisco-based Lime placed 250 electric scooters across the city Wednesday, the company announced.

Jump, the Uber-owned company whose cherry red bikes and scooters have flooded Sacramento streets, is not going away anytime soon, though. Instead, the company is actually expanding its footprint in the capital city.

Here are some key differences between the two dueling scooter companies.

Cost

Lime scooters will cost $1 to unlock and 20 cents a minute.

Jump scooters are free to unlock and cost 25 cents a minute.

Residents who are on government assistance programs can use Lime scooters for half price and can use Jump devices for 60 minutes a day for $5 for the first year.

Both can be rented using smartphone apps.

Number of devices

The city has permitted Jump to have up to 1,170 devices, both bikes and scooters, in the city, said Jennifer Donlon Wyant, city transportation specialist. Jump launched 100 electric scooters in February in Sacramento and West Sacramento.

Lime launched 250 scooters in the city Wednesday, with the possibility for more every three months.

Service area

Both companies’ service areas include downtown, midtown, East Sacramento, Land Park, Curtis Park, North Oak Park and Tahoe Park.

Lime’s service extends south to Fruitridge Road, with the exception of one small section, according to a company map.

Twenty percent of Lime’s fleet will be placed in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the south and southeast parts of the city to ensure equitable service, a Lime news release said.

“Lime and other shared rideables provide communities who may not have access or can afford a car with an affordable mobility option,” Vice Mayor Eric Guerra, who represents parts of south Sacramento, said in the release.

Jump recently expanded its service area to include more disadvantaged communities in north and south Sacramento where public transportation options are limited and many residents don’t have their own cars.

Jump’s service extends farther south than Lime’s, to Florin Road, and farther north, to West El Camino Avenue, according to its website. It also includes West Sacramento.

Users who lock Jump devices outside the service area must pay a $25 fee, the website says.

Other cities

Jump was in Sacramento first, but Lime has scooters in many more cities nationwide.

Lime scooters are in about 100 cities nationwide, while Jump scooters are in 13, according to their websites.

In California, Lime scooters are available in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Monica, South Lake Tahoe, Culver City, and Long Beach. Jump scooters are in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Monica.

Jump also has bikes in Davis.

More coming

Earlier this year, the Sacramento City Council passed a slew of new rules for shared rideables intended to keep scooters off the sidewalks.

According to Sacramento city code, bikes can be ridden on the sidewalk, while scooters must be ridden in the street.

The new rules also raised fees the companies need to pay the city, so the city can soon take ownership of the racks Jump built and convert them so any brand’s devices can park there, Donlon Wyant said. Currently the racks can only be used by Jump devices.

Representatives from companies Jump, Lime, Bird, and Razor sharply criticized the new rules. Alex Hagelin, general manager of Jump Sacramento, said the new fees would make Sacramento one of the most expensive cities in the country to operate.

The fees weren’t high enough to keep them away, though.

The city is currently processing applications from Bird, Lyft and Spin, who are planning to add more scooters to the city, Donlon Wyant said.

“I estimate it’s likely to have another operator in two weeks,” Donlon Wyant said.

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Theresa Clift covers Sacramento City Hall. Before joining The Bee in 2018, she worked as a local government reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Daily Press in Virginia and the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin. She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University.
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