Smart & Easy Mobility
Lime bikes are perfect for the modern world and they’re founded on the idea that all communities deserve access to smart, affordable mobility – oh boy do they deliver too!
Through the distribution of shared scooters, bikes, and transit vehicles they are effectively reducing the dependence on personal automobiles and having to call an Uber for short-distance transportation.
Lime connects riders to the people and places that matter most by bringing cities together and empowering better urban living.
The next time you visit a new city, give a lime scooter a try. For a minimal price, you can see the entire city with the wind blowing through your hair and laughter amongst friends and family.
How To Use
The user installs the Lime app on a device (typically a smartphone), on which are displayed all the vehicles in the surrounding area (tracked by GPS). Before starting the trip, the user has to input their payment information and scan the scooter or bike’s QR code to unlock the vehicle.
The price of the trip is immediately withdrawn from the user’s credit (or debit) card. Once you finish your trip, you will be required to take a picture of the parked vehicle and its surroundings.
Be sure to move the vehicle out of walkways and definitely don’t leave it in the street. If there are any malfunctions or broken parts, you will be able to report them.
Area & Hours
Riding outside the operating area is tolerated, but if you leave the vehicle outside the operating area – you will be charged a fee. The fee changes based on location, and on the map, there are various red zones, which users should NEVER park.
Lime doesn’t technically have set operating hours, but riding during the night time can be dangerous. They’re normally available 24/7, but most scooters get recharged during the night.
Don’t worry! If you find one, you can still unlock it. They operate 24/7 every day of the week.
Types Of Scooters
Lime’s most used vehicles are their electric scooters, and four different models are currently circulating:
- Lime-S Ninebot ES4 comes with an extra battery attached at the top of the front wheel.
- Lime-S Gen 1
- Lime-S Gen 2
- Lime-S Gen 3
The Lime-S Ninebot ES4 isn’t largely available in the sharing industry because it’s a consumer-owned product.
All scooters can reach speeds up to 25 km/h (16-17mpg) and have a battery range of about 20-40 km (12-25 mi).
Types Of Bikes
There are two types of Lime bikes: Lime-E and Lime-B.
Lime-E is an electric bike that has the same top speed and range of all the scooters. However, Lime-E is a pedal-assisted bike, therefore it has no throttle and will only give power if the user is pedaling.
It is meant to allow riders to pedal less but still obtains the same speed, therefore it is extremely useful in areas with wind and hills.
Due to the e-bike’s long-range and infrequent need of charging, this lime can only be charged by the Lime company – not Juicers (people who get paid to charge limes).
Lime-B is a normal pedal bike that has 8 gears and is equipped with a front basket, a solar panel, and a smart lock (just like the Lime-E). It is the lowest priced vehicle in the entire Lime fleet.
Types Of Cars
Lime has entered the car-sharing business with their LimePod – a Fiat 500.
In order to use the LimePod the user will have to have a valid US driver’s license, must be 21+ years old, and have at least 1 year of driving history (as well as pass a driving record check).
The process to unlock the car is just the same as unlocking their scooters. The users may also drive the vehicle out of the operating area, but must return the car inside the operating area to avoid fees.
You may park the LimePod in legal metered and non-metered areas, on-street spaces, or residential permit zones. It costs $1 to unlock and then $0.40/min.
The LimePod Fiat 500 is only available in Seattle & Tacoma in the United States.
Conflicts With Authorities
In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, San Francisco, California, & Milwaukee, Wisconsin limes are not available.
To be safe, use bike lanes when you can as this can reduce accidents by 90%, wear a helmet to reduce the risk of a fall injury, and ride responsibly!
Don’t operate the motor vehicle while drunk, slow down when heading downhill, and wear reflective clothing when you anticipate using one of these vehicles.
Be sure to stay off sidewalks and hit the roads as most cities will fine you for endangering pedestrians.