LimeBike plans Reno expansion, might soon bring Lime scooters here
Despite viral photos of bicycles in the Truckee River or on the Virginia Street Bridge, the City of Reno feels the LimeBike program has been successful, and an expansion could soon be coming.
LimeBike could soon bring electronic scooters to the Biggest Little City as part of their expansion process, according to a statement from a city spokesperson.
"Lime’s bicycle pilot program has been a success so far for the City of Reno. Lime has had e-scooters planned for their expansion process, but for now the City is thoughtfully studying local ordinances, Nevada Revised Statutes, and other regulations before deployment. Dockless mobility programs are a part of a healthy city’s future, but every program has to be safe for riders, drivers, and pedestrians."
The e-scooters, which can travel up to 15 miles per hour, were introduced earlier this year in South Lake Tahoe.
Wednesday night, a scooter rider was hospitalized with minor injuries after a collision with a car.
South Lake Tahoe police said there haven't been any major accidents involving the scooters, but did say they have posed problems.
"They (are) just everywhere. People (are) riding them on the sidewalks, cutting through crowds on highways ... I've dodged them myself more than once," said SLTPD Lieutenant Shannon Laney.
Laney said California state law requires helmets for scooter riders, and the Lime app indicates that helmets are mandatory, but News 4-Fox 11 didn't see a single scooter rider wearing a helmet on Thursday.
"I think one out of maybe every 20 or 30 (is) wearing a helmet," Laney said.
For riders that do seek out a helmet, the app does recommend three locations in South Lake Tahoe to get a helmet, but the closest spot was a mile and a half from the state line.
You need a driver's license to ride a scooter and must be 18 years or older, but Laney said he's seen young children riding the Lime scooters in town.
All these regulations, especially the helmet law, have been difficult to enforce, Laney said.
"We can go out and write 100 tickets today for (people not wearing) helmets. But 80-90 percent of the people, rough estimate, don't live here. They're tourists and then they go home. And they don't see them again or don't ride them again. So it's hard to have a lasting impact," Laney said.