Lime scooters return to Spokane streets, how to ride safely

SPOKANE, Wash. — Lime scooters have returned to Spokane streets.

Spokane’s WheelShare program, operated by Lime since 2018, came back on July 1. Scooters are the first vehicles to reappear, with Lime bikes expected to return in about a week.

But is it safe to ride? Especially in the middle of a pandemic.

Thankfully, yes.

With the return of Lime vehicles, the City of Spokane says several new guidelines will be implemented—including enhanced cleaning methods, frequent disinfecting, and PPE made available to all Lime employees.

“Lime scooters and bikes have proven to be an asset for the community and will provide an additional option for transportation for residents, workers and visitors,” said Mayor Nadine Woodward.

Customers will also be reminded to take similar precautions when they use the Lime app.

Lime PNW/Canada spokesperson Jonathan Hopkins says to take basic precautions and treat it like you would a shopping cart.

Wear a mask, especially if you’re riding to a local business.

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“We are proud to be returning to the streets of Spokane, having served the Lilac City for nearly two years,” said Hopkins. “Lime bikes and scooters will play a key role in helping Spokane residents and visitors get around in a safe and socially distant manner as our communities recover from a difficult pandemic.”

To use the Lime scooters, just download the app.

Open the app and there will be a map displayed showing scooters in the area.

Right now, most can be found in Downtown Spokane, in and around Riverfront Park.

Once you find one with enough battery life, scan the QR code and start riding.

Helmets are strongly encouraged and you’re advised to only ride on the streets of downtown, not the sidewalk.

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