GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Bird and Lime scooters are on their way back to Greensboro.
A few months after the city pulled them off the streets in November, Bird and Lime scooters got the go-ahead to offer rental electric scooters in Greensboro as part of a "pilot program."
According to the city, Lime is permitted to distribute scooters in the public right-of-way as of Jan. 28 until the program ends on Aug. 1.
"It will allow us to have more scooters than we had before," said Charles Huegel, the operations manager for Lime Greensboro said. "The scooters have been very popular here and we are excited to provide the people with what they want. The ridership has been good and so now we’re gonna have more vehicles out there for people to use.”
Bird plans to deploy scooters in March.
The city notes that the businesses are responsible for teaching riders safe riding practices, parking rules and laws.
They will also be responsible for removing incorrectly parked scooters within two hours of when they are notified.
“We’re going to look for feedback from users, and just the public in general," said Engineering Division Manager Charles Spencer. "Then we will look at 'Do we need to make any adjustments to the program? Do we want to tweak the ordinance at all? or do we want to implement it as is and carry forward?'”
After pulling the scooters off the street, the City of Greensboro created the following list of city rules governing businesses like Lime and Bike.
- Only people 18 and older may ride these scooters.
- Only ride on city streets with a speed limit of 35 mph or less.
- Follow all traffic laws like other vehicles, such as riding only on the right side of the road, stopping at traffic signals and stop signs, and yielding to pedestrians.
- No riding on sidewalks or in parking decks.
- You may use bike lanes.
- When parking your scooter, pay close attention to the area around you. If parking on the sidewalk, leave at least a 6-foot wide clear pathway for pedestrians. Do not block sidewalk dining areas, bus stops, handicapped ramps or parking, driveways, loading zones, bike racks or benches.
- Helmets are strongly encouraged.