A woman prepares to ride a Lime scooter in Hoboken, N.J. on May 24, 2019.
Bryan Anselm—Redux

Public transit rarely gets you the last mile. But with the Lime app, anyone can snag some wheels on the street and be on their way after simply scanning a QR code. Lime, which started in 2017 as a campus bike-share service, is now best known for its dockless electric scooters, which have littered urban sidewalks since 2018—to the ire of some pedestrians. Despite pandemic-related disruptions, the micro-mobility company announced its first profitable quarter last year and launched in dozens of new cities. In 2021, Lime comes full circle: it will invest $50 million in upgrading its fleet and doubling its footprint to 50 cities around the world, while also exploring new target markets in Australia and New Zealand.

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