As I looked out our hotel window I saw a strange sight – a Lime Bike on the streets of St Louis. Most bikes have long been replaced by scooters. Originally the bike caught my eye because it was parked inside a bus shelter ( which is against the rules ). Just a bit after I noticed this van pulling up. I’m not sure if this man is a Lime employee or scooter charging subcontractor (Juicer).
My assumption was he was there to pickup this lone bike. Very few Lime Bikes are on streets of St Louis since scooters were introduced and in most cases – bikes can no longer be rented.
Speaking of scooter rental – we tried 10 different scooters – each time all but one gave us a low battery alert. Other alert stated scooter was in use – so I’m assuming user error on our part when entering code. QR Code scanner in Lime Android app was useless – had to manually input code. Which is not easy do to small micro font used on vehicles.
Over a 24 hour period with Lime scooters located around or near our hotel were all unrentable.
That could be why the man above was mobbed by people as soon as he showed up. The van was empty of scooters in minutes. Only 2 got left on corner for rental. From what I could see van was empty when it left.
Riders were not wearing helmets as required by St Louis scooter laws.
Recorded Saturday December 1st 2018
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