LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A new mode of transportation is in Lexington. Hundreds of Lime electric scooters, or e-scooters, are now ready to use in the city.
"We're starting off with 360 scooters and we have a capacity of 400, so over the next month, we'll be ramping up to that 400,” said Adam Bolin, the Kentucky Operations Manager for Lime.
It all starts by downloading the Lime app, where you can see locations of scooters on a map. You find a scooter and scan the barcode. The timer starts and you're free to go anywhere within New Circle Road. It is illegal to use e-scooters on sidewalks, so stick to the road and bike lanes.
Currently, it costs one dollar to start off and then 15 cents per minute.
You can pause the ride if you want to stop somewhere quick. Once you reach your destination, you lock the scooter with the app and take a picture of your parking job. You can even rate other people on their parking job.
"We would prefer for you to park it near an uncongested area where it's not going to cause any problems,” said Bolin. “Please don't put it in the middle of the sidewalk. Please don't put it in front of somebody's building access or block any of the ADA pathways."
Since e-scooters made their way into cities, there have been safety concerns. Bolin says staying safe means following the rules of the road.
"Please be aware of your surroundings,” said Bolin. “I would always recommend that you wear a helmet."
Another company, Spin, is expected to bring e-scooters to Lexington soon.