I first experienced Lime on a business trip out to Phoenix earlier this year and it was a bit... disconcerting. I'm from rural North Carolina and unaccustomed to such services as the dockless bikes. I'd witnessed a steady rise in the docked bikes and always liked that organization of resources; though it does have limitations to users that don't live or work near a docking station. The Lime bikes seem to have a good solution to get around that, but it also seems equally flawed to negative public feedback from the perceived "littering" and randomness of the bikes at any given point across an urban landscape.
Driving through Phoenix, it was difficult to avoid seeing the Lime bikes as their colors are so contrasting to nearly everything else in an urban landscape. It truly was one of those situations where "once you see it, you can't unsee it". They were peppered all over the city and surrounding sidewalks, street corners, bus stops, in yards, and even along the watershed greenway path I was running. Just standing idly there or even lying on their side in the grass.
It's a bit perplexing to grapple with the dichotomy of how to offer a non-polluting and easily accessible method of transportation but without it becoming an obtrusive eyesore in an otherwise simple landscape.
I worry about the ability of municipalities to absorb and regulate their influx. I certainly hope they see what happened in China and take very good notes on preventing such a situation from repeating itself. Lime bike has arrived in the city nearest me that I frequently ride MTB in and, again, they are impossible to miss... even when someone decided they wanted to try one out as a mountain bike.