Presented on February 13, 2019 with great pomp and circumstance in Coimbra City Hall, Linden scooters leave town 6 months after the start of a "sponsored" campaign by the local government.
Lime will stop circulation in Coimbra, the company announced in a statement sent to Notícias de Coimbra.
The brand says it will evaluate Portugal's business strategy and expansion, intending to return with a quality and fuller offer.
Lyme arrived in Coimbra on March 1, "with the mission of providing the local community with a safe, accessible and sustainable transportation option, following the desire of local authorities to improve their mobility strategy",
The company recalls that the operation began with a fleet of 200 to 400 scooters that will serve the population and more than 500,000 visitors annually.
In a statement, the company said that "in every city that Lyme enters is unique, there is no equal transportation solution for everyone. Communities have different needs and therefore the fleet available is also determined by a number of factors, including climate, regulation and infrastructure. "
Despite this failure, Lyme says he is proud of the Coimbra operation and continues to believe in the city's potential, even as local authorities have committed to offering micro-mobility solutions to citizens.
Lime added that "creating a strong and sustainable ecosystem in the central region entails a coherent strategy with more local entities," without explaining what has failed in its "pink relationship" with Coimbra Municipality.
The opportunity to return to Coimbra and reach other neighboring cities is not excluded and the brand says it is working on an ambitious strategy for Portugal.
With over 3 million users worldwide, the company was the first to introduce electric scooters in Europe, the first to operate in Portugal, and also the first operator to enter Coimbra, making its scooters available at 70 hotspots spread by city.
With the departure of Lime, CIRC (formerly Flash) is the only operator operating in the city.
The most flash arrived in Coimbra on March 25, 2019, when he formalized a partnership with the Coimbra Academic Association.
In the CIRC application you can see that the company provides the remaining number of shared scooters.