4 Things To Know Before Your First Electric Scooter Rental
Tech | May 3, 2018 | Share
From San Diego to Washington DC, electric scooter rentals are becoming an increasingly popular way to navigate cities across the US.
They’re fun, inexpensive, easy to operate and best of all they help reduce both traffic congestion and harmful CO2 emissions.
But whether you’re a tourist on vacation or a local on a coffee break, there are things you really need to know before taking your first e-scooter out for a ride around town.
Here’s a list of four essentials.
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1.) SAFETY: HEADS, HANDS AND HANDLEBARS
The excitement of your first ride on an electric scooter should never eclipse the need to be safe.
Start by strapping on a helmet, then make sure you pump the brakes on your Lime-S to ensure they’re working properly before unlocking.
When on the road, follow all traffic laws such as stop signs and one-ways, and always keep both hands on the handlebars unless signaling to indicate an upcoming turn.
2.) RIDING: WHAT WOULD CYCLISTS DO?
It may be tempting to ride your e-scooter on the sidewalk, but unless specified by law that’s not what they’re typically designed for.
Reaching speeds of up to 14.8 mph, Lime scooters are meant to be ridden safely with attention paid to both pedestrians and other vehicles on the road. Bike-friendly streets, bike lanes and trails are a great place to start, but always know the legal guidelines in your area before riding.
3.) PARKING: KEEP IT SIMPLE, KEEP IT CLEAR
While dock free scooters can conveniently be parked almost anywhere, there are some protocols to follow.
The best rule of thumb is simply this: keep all pedestrian walkways clear. This means sidewalks, exit and entrance ramps, bus stops and any other location where those on foot or in a wheelchair would easily need to get by.
When you’re ready to park your scooter rental, look for locations that are out of the way, such as bike racks and sidewalk furniture zones. When all else fails, just refer back to the handy visual guide in the Lime app.
4.) TECHNOLOGY: THESE AREN’T YOUR DAD’S SCOOTERS
Scooters have come a long way since the 90’s, and while the general concept is more or less the same, the technology most definitely isn’t.
For starters, Lime-S dock free scooters are locked and unlocked with a smartphone, allowing them to be picked up and dropped off almost anywhere in the city. They also come equipped with a 250-watt electric motor, meaning acceleration is as easy a pressing down on the thumb throttle.
Then there’s the hardware, which includes a digital speed and battery display, automatic front and rear lighting, 3G/GPS connectivity and a sensor to detect if the scooter has been tipped over.
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