New initiative in Berlin: “Conquering the first and last mile together”

Micromobility company Lime is working with the Pankow district and the Berlin Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection to pilot a first- and last mile project using dockless e-scooters on the outskirts of the German city to the Brandenburg border. The pilot will include Campus Berlin-Buch and Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch, both of which will be equipped with Swiftmile charging stations for the Lime scooters.

Called Conquering the first and last mile together, the initiative aims to make it attractive for commuters from Berlin and the neighbouring Brandenburg to use micromobility for travelling the last mile to their destination. Lime is working with micromobility charging specialist Swiftmile to add fixed charging stations for e-scooters at highly frequented hubs in the service area.

To start the pilot, a total of 30 e-scooters and three Swiftmile charging stations are available in the business area around Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch.

“We are serious about our goal of getting even more Berliners to leave their cars behind. As a Berlin company, we want to do our part to improve mobility throughout the entire city, and are therefore investing heavily,” said Lime-Deutschland general manager Jashar Seyfi. “This includes the connection of suburbs, such as Berlin-Buch, with sustainable micromobility to supplement the low density of surrounding public transport stops. This pilot project with the Pankow district and the Berlin Senate Department is a fine example to show how a sustainable traffic turnaround can be achieved not only in city centres. The project is fully financed by our e-bike and e-scooter fleet in the city centre.”

The project will be evaluated after six months. Lime will provide anonymised data on the basis of which changes to the business area and the number of scooters can be made. If there is great demand, additional charging stations can be added.

“I am pleased that this mobility offering is now also available to everyone on the outskirts of Pankow in Buch,” said Vollrad Kuhn, deputy district mayor and district councillor of Pankow. “We see this as a starting point for other offers such as a future Jelbi mobility station in Buch.”

Lime claims to be the local market leader in Berlin for e-scooters and is the only new mobility provider in the city to also offer e-bikes. Since the start of Lime in Berlin in June 2019, more than 5 million trips have been made with Lime e-scooters and e-bikes.

Source: Smart Cities World; photo Peter Himsel/Campus Berlin-Buch GmbH