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Lime Electric Scooters Gives Up on Athens, Cuts Back Thessaloniki

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(Photo by Eurokinissi/ Yiorgos Kontarinis)

ATHENS - A combination of too few users and the COVID-19 Coronavirus lockdown that kept people mostly in their and residents and tourists away from popular areas for months has led the electric scooter-sharing service Lime to plan to end is operations in Greece’s capital.

While the company hasn’t made an announcement, a report in Solomon MAG, non-profit organization founded in Athens which uses media as a tool for social inclusion and change, said Lime will stop the service.

But the report added the California start-up will stay in Greece’s second-largest city, the major port of Thessaloniki, while on a downsized version and will relaunch in Rethymno on the northern part of the island of Crete.

The decisions were announced to company employees earlier this week, the report said. Lime entered the Greek market in December 2018. Shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic have reportedly decimated the company’s profits.

Lime said it set up as an equitable distribution of shared scooters, bikes and transit vehicles, we aim to reduce dependence on personal automobiles for short distance transportation and leave future generations with a cleaner, healthier planet and that it operates in 100 countries.