Have recently spotted a random Lime scooter sitting agains the seawall with no owner in sight? It is very likely that scooter belongs to a new scooter rental service named Bird or Lime S Scooters. The scooters appeared on the boardwalk in the middle of January 2018. They are being used by locals and visitors on the streets of San Diego beaches and boardwalks.
The Lime and Bird scooter companies are well funded startups and are here to stay. Residents are concerned about their presence on the boardwalk due to speeding issues and street litter. Scooters can be left anywhere once done being used… wow! An epic battle will ensue and there is a possibility that Lime scooters will be outlawed for use on the boardwalk, thou it is hard to fight a well funded start up company that apologizes and pays fines over obtaining permits and following laws.
To rent the scooter you will download an app onto your phone and follow the instructions from there. The cost is very affordable for $1 rental, and 15 cents a minute at speeds of up to 15 mph to travel short distances.
Once a rider finishes riding the scooter, they can leave it and walk away. This is a reason for controversy around the scooters. In San Diego the scooters are being lined up around friendly businesses. But can also littler the streets with their presence.
Safety concerts include:
The scooter is intender for one rider. Double riding is sometimes spotted on the boardwalk .
Right of way
On the sidewalk pedestrians have the right of way. On the boardwalk as well, then bikes, then any powered devices. Motorized modes of transportation are not allowed on the boardwalk. Electric power is in a grey area.
The scooters can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. The speed limit on the board walk is 8mph. The biggest offenders of the speed limit are electric powered devices. Traveling 15 miles is too slow for the road and way to fast for a sidewalk.
Riders are not equipped with helmets. Thou companies have offered to provide free helmets to uses. Another tactic that is not practical.
Drinking and scooting is not recommended but cannot be stopped.
Riders should also be aware of citations. We are hoping police will start to target speed breakers as they endanger other boardwalk walkers, runners and children. We have yet to see a scooter going under the 8 mph speed limit.
The scooters are available for rent in Pacific Beach, Venice and Santa Monica. Read more:
What do you think of the Lime and Bird scooters on the Boardwalk? Are they annoying or what? Leave your comments below now to be heard!