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Is Paris Ready for Electric Scooter Sharing?

LimeBike’s fleet arrives at an opportune time, with the full blessing of city hall—but cultural and logistical hurdles could still pose a challenge.
LimeBike's France's director Arthur-Louis Jacquier riding a LimeBike Scooter on their Paris launch day, Friday
LimeBike's France's director Arthur-Louis Jacquier riding a LimeBike Scooter on their Paris launch day, FridayBenoit Tessier/Reuters

Is Europe about to catch the scooter-sharing bug? Companies renting out these little two-wheelers have been a huge, unexpectedly fast-growing phenomenon in North America, but dockless scooters remain very rare in Europe, with only a few cities testing out limited fleets. That changed on Friday, however, when LimeBike launched its scooter-share system in Paris.

With several hundred vehicles up for grabs, the company is certainly taking the new market seriously. But will a transit solution that’s performed well in American cities transplant well to a city like Paris, with its very different transit and street culture?