Lime Electric Vehicles Responds to Complaint on Scooter Parking
by Larry Janezich
Posted October 26, 2022
On Monday, Hill East resident Mark Ugoretz – with support from ANC6A Transportation Committee Chair Maura Dundon – raised concerns regarding the parking for pickup of the company’s electric scooters in ways that disregard public safety. Late morning on Tuesday, Erika Duthely, Director of Government Relations at Lime, issued following statement:
“Lime takes pride in providing top quality service to the District and its residents and will immediately rectify this issue moving forward. We thank the community members for bringing it to our attention and will work with our city and community partners as we always do to keep improving our service. We train our team to deploy our vehicles in the best spots for all residents, out of the way of pedestrians and especially out of accessible rights of way, and we will double down to ensure that model is observed moving forward.”
The company’s communication representative added that they would appreciate the statement being added to the CHC story.
The other issue which remains unaddressed is the lack of enforcement of scooter parking regulations which apply to users – DDOT’s purview. That concern may not receive such a prompt response. DDOT has long been viewed my some ANCs as one of the agencies least responsive to community, resident, and ANC concerns. Many of those complaints concern lack of parking enforcement: parking in bike lanes, parking in bus lanes, parking in crosswalks, double parking of delivery trucks, parking in alleys, and parking for construction workers. All of these come up regularly in ANC meetings with DDOT officials. The DDOT default position is to pledge to respond to public complaints, but as many ANC commissioners who have tried doing just that can testify this has been an empty promise. This is a big issue and one not confined to Capitol Hill. Its resolution will require a concerted city-wide effort to exert community pressure on DDOT.
(On a related matter, a new parking issue will be aired on Friday, when the City Council Transportation and Environment Committee will hold a hearing to make Residential Parking Permits specific to an ANC rather than to a Ward. For more on that, go to the committee’s schedule here: https://bit.ly/3SFwqOP )