Future of Lime scooters returning to Spokane uncertain amid COVID-19

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Summer is just a month away, but the prospect of tearing around on Lime scooters as the city recovers from COVID-19 is still uncertain.

Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz fielded media questions in a press conference on Tuesday, and addressed talks between the City of Spokane and Lime, and whether bikes and scooters would return to streets.

“We have seen, I think in some communities where they have come back, [the] initial presentation… I was really not enthusiastic about,” said Dr. Lutz. “But to the credit of the City, and the credit of the company, they’re looking at doing some things differently.”

Spokane’s WheelShare program, which in 2019 was operated by Lime, ended its services ahead of the winter season in late November. The program was contracted to return in mid-March, but those plans are now up in the air.

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“I think there’s active conversations about the possibility of that at some point in the future,” said Dr. Bob Lutz.