More than 139,000 rides on Lime Bikes & Scooters during trial run
SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s been a little more than two months since the City of Spokane launched its bikesharing trial run with the company, Lime. Although that pilot program will be coming to an end this Friday, it might not be the last time you see the bikes and scooters.
“Here’s the brake, you need to kick it first to go – and you hold this button and you go straight really fast,” said Cameron Anderson, Lime Scooter rider.
“I’ve seen a lot of people riding them, especially even little kids. They really seem to enjoy it.,” said Koryn Friesen, Lime Scooter rider.
The City of Spokane reported more than 139,000 Lime Bike and Scooter rides, so far at 68 days into the trial run. Final numbers will come out when the city takes away the bikes and scooters.
“If you want to go slow, you just hold this down a little bit, if you want to go fast, you just hold this down a lot,” Anderson said.
“Get around, and have fun and you can share them with others,” Friesen said.
The scooters were the most popular ride with nearly 110,000 rides, and averaging around seven rides each day. The second most popular, was the E-assist bikes with nearly 21,000 rides, and averaging about four rides each day. Pedal bikes came in last at a little more than 9,000 rides, and averaging about two to three rides each day.
“That was more than we expected, it was more than the Lime people expected – so we had a very robust trial,” said Marlene Feist, spokesperson for the City of Spokane.
The City of Spokane said they were surprised that the people using the bikes and scooters were using them as a way of transportation.
“It wasn’t just for recreation – you know people in our building would hop on a scooter and go to a meeting in the university district,” Feist said.
While trial ends Friday, the city said you may see them again. They’re going to have a discussion on how they can improve bikesharing in the city before they consider bring them back permanently.
“We’re going to have to define for people where you can ride scooters, where you can ride bikes – particularly in the downtown core,” Feist said.
City leaders are also looking into how they can encourage more helmet use with the program.
If you enjoyed the Lime Bikes and Scooters in Spokane, and you’d like them to come back with a more permanent program, there is a survey online where you can give feedback on the City of Spokane’s website. The survey closes this Friday, along with the bikes and scooters.
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