Lime rolled into Rochester back in 2019 and quickly became a popular way to commute around town. During its first year of operation, Lime says Rochester residents put more than 60,000 miles on the rental scooters and that number has continued to grow.

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On Their Website, They Explain Their Idea Of "Smart Mobility For The Modern World."

<p>"Lime is founded on a simple idea that all communities deserve access to smart, affordable mobility.</p><p>Through the equitable distribution of shared scooters, bikes and transit vehicles, we aim to reduce dependence on personal automobiles for short distance transportation and leave future generations with a cleaner, healthier planet."  -</p>
photo courtesy Lime
photo courtesy Lime


On Wednesday night the Rochester City Council approved a new two-year contract which will actually allow for even more scooters and electric bikes to be available for rent in Rochester. The new deal allows for up to 300 scooters and 50 e-bikes which is up from the 205 scooters and 18 e-bikes allowed last year.

The scooters and e-bikes are treated the same as regular bicycles under the city ordinances which means they must be operated in a bike or traffic lane and are prohibited from being used on sidewalks. To address complaints of riding on sidewalks, Lime instituted "sidewalk riding detection" technology in 2020. No word on how that worked.

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Lime offers these safety tips on their website:

  • Always follow helmet laws
  • Park properly by curbside
  • Do a pre-ride safety check
  • Apply brakes to slow down/stop
  • Be mindful of road obstructions
  • Always follow traffic laws

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