We live in a residential area 2.5 miles from Trader Joe's and we needed groceries (chocolate!) So I stepped outside on a gorgeous day with my skateboard and grocery bags. But then I spied this beauty.
So I installed the Lime app, typed my phone number, scanned the code and presto! Unlocked bike. 🎉It said I could take my first ride for as little as a dollar and that I had 43.1 miles of range.
Wow, that electric assist. I am faster on my real bikes, but I cruised effortlessly on this at 12 mph without getting sweaty or putting on bike gear. I even forgot to wear a helmet.
I parked at Trader Joe's and wondered, um, will the bike be here when I come back or am I walking home? It was, but there were a lot of people hovering around it, curious. They wanted to watch how I did it. Tech-savvy me, I'll show 'em how easy it is.
I pull out my phone and scan: Error. Not enough credits. Wait, what? Then how did I get here? I have to choose my payment plan. $10 credits and no bonuses? $20 and save $1? I choose $10.
Payment error. What does that mean? Okay, I'll try a different payment method. How do I do that? I see how to get paid for collecting scooters and charging them. Oh, it only takes Apple Pay. Try again. Payment error.
The crowd laughed and lost faith in my tech-savvy. The humiliation. I got out a new credit card and scanned it, told Apple Pay to forget the old, in with the new. Payment succeeded: $2.33 for the last ride. Balance: $7.67. So I guess the first ride is free until you want a second ride? But if your credit card has an issue, have a nice walk?
Anyway, I enjoyed it and would do it again. I parked it in front of my house, the neighbor gave me stink-eye, but it was gone this morning when I got up.