#HappyLife: Rules to Roll — What to know before you rent a Lime bike or scooter
SPOKANE, Wash. — Lime bicycles and scooters were dropped on Spokane streets early Monday morning. The City of Spokane and Lime negotiated a deal to bring the wheel-share program to the downtown core permanently after a short test period in September.
“Great ‘nother alternative way of commuting, of getting around for short trips, or just enjoying a beautiful day like this,” said Mayor David Condon, City of Spokane.
The company is rolling out 500 Lime bikes and scooters this week. There will be more to come after that. If you’re a scooter fan, you’re in luck. Lime is bringing out more scooters because of how popular they were in the pilot program last year.
“For those of us that live here, a great opportunity to look at some of the routes to get into some of our neighborhoods especially out of the core – whether being in Browne’s Addition, Logan, or some of our other amazing neighborhoods,” Mayor Condon said.
The hope is that the bikes and scooters will help decrease motor traffic and increase foot traffic.
“More people on foot and essentially, scooter riders are on foot – means more people doing business,” said Jonathan Hopkins, director of strategic development for Lime.
There are, however, new rules that come with the return of Lime.
“We’re making mobility easier for some people, but it takes all of us to make sure that it’s a safety improvement for everybody,” Hopkins said.
Here are the rules to know before you roll:
— Know your location: Bike and scooter users need to ride in the street or in bike lanes in the downtown core. Do not ride on the sidewalks downtown. Scooters should be ridden on the sidewalk on streets outside of downtown with speed limits higher than 30.
— Watch your speed: Bike and scooter speed limits are 15 mph on the Centennial Trail and 7 mph within Riverfront Park. Scooter speed with automically be regulated down to about 7 mph in the park.
— Ride safely: Helmets are encouraged, but not required, for all WheelShare users. Users are asked to be considerate riders and watch for conflicts with other users of the streets, sidewalks and trails. Helmets are available at various locations around the city.
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