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Gotcha, Lime scooters to return to East Lansing this spring

February 24, 2020
<p>Photo courtesy of Gotcha </p>

Photo courtesy of Gotcha

Lime and Gotcha scooters will be returning to East Lansing this spring.

Gotcha scooters will remain the only e-scooters allowed on Michigan State's campus, as the University entered a partnership with Gotcha in 2019.

Gotcha scooters ridden on MSU campus must be parked in designated hubs or valid moped parking spots. Gotcha scooters must also be ridden in bike lanes or the right-hand side of the road, said the MSU Police Department.

"We are expanding the number of those mobility hubs on and off campus," Gotcha CEO Sean Flood said. "But the one thing we didn't do at the end of the semester was penalize a user for not parking in one of those hubs."

Gotcha also plans to expand operations in Lansing according to Flood.

According to Gotcha's website, users can subscribe to a $24.99 monthly Spartan mo-pass, a service available to MSU students, faculty and staff that allows an hour of free use per day with no unlocking fees. After an hour of use the price will change to 15 cents per minute.

Obtaining the partnership was difficult because MSU was not just looking for a scooter provider, but rather a mobility provider said Flood.

Gotcha also supplies rentable bicycles and electric tricycles.

While Lime scooters will be unavailable on MSU campus, those with valid drivers licenses are permitted to ride the e-scooters in the East Lansing city limits.

"To my knowledge (2020) will be the same terms as prior," Lime Communications Manager Russell Murphy said.

Murphy also addressed potential rumors that claim the Lime company is in financial trouble.

"We are on a drive to profitability as a company," Murphy said. "But we have no plans to leave East Lansing. We love East Lansing. We think it's a great place to operate scooters."

Bird scooters first appeared in East Lansing in 2018, but according to their website they are no longer operating in the Lansing area.

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