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Scooter companies Spin, Lime suddenly raise prices in Twin Cities

It'll cost you more per minute to rent a scooter than before.

If you're a user of rental scooters in the Twin Cities, you might noticed that the prices have gone up.

Two of the three scooter companies in Minneapolis, Lime and Spin, have suddenly increased the amount they charge per-minute to rent on of its scooters.

Previously, Lime was charging $1 to unlock a scooter and $0.15 per minute to ride it. Now it's gone up to $0.20 a minute.

Spin, meanwhile, was previously $1 to unlock and $0.15 to ride, but now costs $0.27 to ride – an 80 percent increase.

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The new Spin rate, screenshot taken Thursday morning.

The other scooter provider in Minneapolis, Lyft, remains the same, though the ride-share company finished 3rd in our recent ranking of the best scooters in the metro area.

Lime is the only scooter rental operator in St. Paul. Spin also operates in St. Louis Park and Golden Valley, though it's not clear if the prices have increased in those suburbs.

In a statement to BMTN, Lime confirmed the change, saying: "As we enter the busy summer travel months, we've adjusted our pricing in some markets to ensure that our service is reliable and that we can continue to offer excellent operational support where riders demand it most."

It is not clear whether the price will revert to $0.15 once the "busy summer travel months" have ended. You can find more information about Lime's pricing on its website, li.me/pricing.

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If you're using a Lime for a 10 minute journey, what previously would have cost $2.50 plus tax and fees ($1 to unlock, $0.15 a minute) in total will now cost you $3. For Spin, the same journey will cost $3.70.

Lime has said it will not be changing the price for members of its Lime Access program, which offers low-income individuals a fixed rate of $0.50 to unlock and $0.07 a minute.

BMTN has reached out to Spin for comment.

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