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Lime Scooters: Everything You Need to Know Before Renting

Lime Scooters: Everything You Need to Know Before Renting

Last updated: February 12, 2020
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You may have already seen them zipping around your city, parked along the curbs, and literally, everywhere you look. Scooter sharing and bike share options are popping up in cities across the United States on a daily basis.

Next to Bird scooters, Lime scooters are one of the most popular options out there. Lime enables people to rent dockless electric scooters and bikes, helping them travel across town for a small fee.

If it’s your first time renting a Lime scooter, we want to answer questions you may have have regarding the platform. Let’s get right into it!

Getting Started

What Is Lime?

Lime is a micro-mobility company that offers dockless bike-sharing and scooter-sharing options throughout major cities across the world. Through the Lime mobile app, riders can locate, reserve, and ride different Lime rental options for a small fee.

The phenomenon of micro-mobility scooter companies, like Bird, Skip, Spin, and Jump, is catching on like wildfire. More and more cities are jumping on board and allowing these companies to operate in their city, relieving urban congestion and providing pedestrians with cleaner alternatives to public transit.

Lime has four different options in its mobility fleet.

  • Lime-S: Dockless electric scooter that goes nearly 15 miles per hour
  • LimeBike: Smart pedal bike that has eight gears
  • Lime-E: Electric-assist bike that automatically accelerates as you pedal
  • LimePod: Short distance urban car rental option

Let’s take a closer look at the Lime-S scooters.

How Do Lime Scooters Work?

Lime-S scooters are available for people like you to reserve and ride throughout your city. With the Lime app, you can locate, rent, and pay for these dockless scooters for a small fee.

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Lime scooters are a fun and healthy way to get around your city. Whether you’re using them to get to and from work, grabbing a quick bite to eat, or exploring the city with a group of friends, these scooters are a ton of fun and are extremely convenient.

Reserving Lime scooters is a pretty straightforward process. After you download the app, you can locate scooters near you and rent them for a small fee.

Where Can I Download the Lime App?

In order to download the app, you need to head to the App Store or Google Play. It goes without saying that you’ll need to have a smartphone that is capable of operating the Lime app.

Do I Need a License to Drive a Lime Scooter?

In many cases, you don’t need a driver’s license to operate Lime scooters. On the other hand, in some states and cities you are required to have a driver’s license to drive a scooter on public roads.

How Much Does It Cost?

Lime scooters are quite affordable and only cost $1.00 to unlock the scooter and $0.15 for every minute driven.

Compared to what you’d pay for a quick hike down a few blocks from rideshare options like Uber or Lyft, this is definitely a cheaper — and let’s be honest — a more fun option.

If you’re curious about the LimeBike and Lime-E electric assist bike, those also only cost $1.00 to unlock and $0.15 for every minute driven.

The only Lime option that costs a little bit more is the LimePod short term car rental option. This also costs $1.00 to unlock, however, it’s $0.40 per minute driven.

Renting and Using Scooters

How Can I Find a Scooter Near Me?

After you download the Lime app, provide your payment information, and create your profile, you’re ready to start riding. To locate an available scooter near you, simply open the app and you’ll automatically see the map screen.

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On the map you should see different icons for each of the Lime rentals options. Since we’re trying to rent a scooter, look for the scooter icon that indicates where you’ll have to walk to rent your next ride.pasted image 0 24

If you don’t see any icons on the map, zoom out to see if you can find any rentals that may be a little bit further away.

How Do I Unlock the Scooter?

Once you find the scooter you want to ride, you’ll need to unlock the scooter to begin your rental. To unlock the scooter, you’ll need to open the app and tap the “Ride” button at the bottom of your screen.

You can then decide to either scan the QR code on the scooter’s handlebars or you can input the six-digit code located by the QR code.

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At that point, your rental will begin and your fare will start accumulating $0.15 for each minute driven.

Don’t forget that after you’re done with your rental, you need to lock your scooter. To do so, hop back on the app and tap the “End ride” button.

Where Can I Park My Scooter When I’m Done?

While it may seem as though you can just leave your scooter wherever you please, there are some rules that you must follow.

To start, you should never leave your scooter in a roadway or pedestrian walkway. Scooters should be out of the way of any traffic and should be located near the curb or next to a building. If a scooter is right in the middle of a sidewalk, it could become a tripping hazard for pedestrians.

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Also, you should always park your scooter upright and with the handlebars turned to the left. If there are other scooters around, make sure you park yours neatly in a line next to the others.

Who Charges Lime Scooters?

All of the Lime-S scooters are powered by a 250-watt electric motor that will need to be charged on a daily basis. But who is charging these scooters?

Independent contractors, or Lime Juicers, are people who go around collecting Lime scooters with dead batteries. They then take them to their own home and charge them overnight before deploying them to locations around the city the next morning.

Charging Lime scooters is an easy way to make some extra cash on the side from the comfort of your own home.

Pretty much anyone can become a Lime Juicer. If you think you might be interested, make sure you check out our our guide to becoming a Lime scooter charger.

Keeping It Safe

Do I Need to Wear a Helmet?

Depending on which state and city you’re from, wearing a helmet while you drive your scooter may be required or it may be optional. By law, some cities may require that you wear a helmet, but in many cases, you won’t need to wear one.

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However, it’s always a great idea to wear a helmet when you ride a Lime scooter. Since you’ll be riding in the roads and in bike lanes, you’ll be right in the mix of other traffic which could pose some dangerous hazards.

Also, you never know when you might encounter debris or potholes that could cause you to take a tumble. The more protection you have, the better off you’ll be.

Do I Need to Follow Any Rules?

Of course you do! As mentioned above, you’ll likely be driving your scooter on public roadways. This means that you’ll need to follow any traffic laws that apply to ride safely around.

Since the scooters only go 15 miles per hour, you’ll never have to worry about exceeding the speed limit, but you’ll still need to abide by other laws. This means stopping for red lights, yielding for pedestrians, and making sure you’re not traveling in the wrong direction of traffic.

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Also, since the scooters don’t have turn signals, it’s important that you incorporate hand signals to notify other drivers of your turning and stopping intentions. We’ve included a few hand signals you can use the next time you’re on the road.

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For the most part, as long as you’re not driving like a maniac you should be fine.

Next Time, Choose Lime

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to get out there and start renting today. You can literally ride anytime of day, so what kind of plans can you conjure up?

Bypass the aging public transit system and skip the typical ridesharing options. It’s time to spice up your commute and opt for a Lime scooter instead!

View All Comments (7) Add A Comment

  1. Kimberly Bates Says:

    How do I get money back when scooter wouldn’t work and was charged $5 and never got to ride contact me at [email protected].
    Thank you, kimberly Bates

  2. Lea Capers Says:

    If I rent one of these lime scooters and am injured using the scooter or injure someone while on the scooter?

  3. Cindy Says:

    How can pay ?

  4. Lily Says:

    The cost is a lie! It does cost $1 to unlock but I was charged .33 cents a minute! I was not aware that they charged based on the city and time you rent! It’s a total rip off. I paid $4.25 for 7 minutes of riding.

  5. Mark Says:

    So tired of these things blocking stairways, sidewalks, and entryways. Especially not happy about motored scooters coming at me on the sidewalk multiple times a day. Am so not a fan.

  6. John Says:

    When I read the app, it said a dollar to unlock and .15 cents a min, but I was charged $5.00. All i did was go around the block. If I would of knon that i would of stayed off it. I want Lime to give me my money back and I will uninstal the app. It never fails. Thats why I dont like to do things like this. As they say, to good to be true.

  7. Whitnee Says:

    Am I able to pick up a lime with my car and take it to the destination where I need to drop off my car so I can ride the lime to my next location? I am needing to drop off my car to get serviced, but instead of waiting for my car I was hoping to hop on the lime to get me back to my office so I can work while I wait for the service on my vehicle to be completed and then lime back to pick up my car?

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