Hi, it’s me again, Phyllis from CYWB.
Last month, I talked about the benefits of bike share. I gave a few ideas on why to ride and shared an article about how taking a Lime bike could save you money with a few other tips and goodies.
This month, I’m taking a different approach and bringing Lime to you. In June, Choose Your Way Bellevue began partnering with Lime to make it easier for you to have a wonderful experience riding Lime bikes. A $1 promotion discount will be given to riders and can be used toward the unlock fee of $1. Find out how here: https://chooseyourwaybellevue.org/bike. Once the Lime app is installed click it, then click on the three black lines in the upper left-hand corner and click the wallet. Under Wallet you will be directed to add the Promo Code CYWB. The Promo Code can only be used once.
So how does this work? I’m going to do an intro to using our code, and hope that you can get out this weekend and go for a ride with Lime. This introduction may help you feel more comfortable to ride. There are lots of questions to cover and hopefully by the end of this article, I will have answered them all. If not, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday, was a great day to Lime. The sun was bright, and the temperature was a little cool. Prior to leaving the office, I made sure I had my helmet, sunglasses, and jacket. I checked my Lime phone app to locate a bike. (How do I get the Lime app?) The Lime mobile app can be downloaded from Google Play (Android) and the App Store (Apple). Download and install the Lime mobile app on your smartphone. Once the app was downloaded it showed a map of all bikes that were near me.
I located a bike nearby, across from the Bellevue Transit Center. It was located in a bike share parking zone and ready for use. Next, I followed the promotional instructions on getting a discount of $1 which equals the unlock fee. I entered the code CYWB and then used the in-app camera to scan the bike’s QR code to unlock the bike. (You can also manually enter the bicycle ID number.)
Next, I completed a safety check to make sure the bike was in good working condition before I started my trip. Lime is responsible for maintaining their bikes, but for your own safety, a pre-ride check is always a good idea. Protect your head and always wear a helmet when using bike share. It’s the law in Bellevue for people of all ages. Besides, it’s the smart thing to do. (Better safe than sorry.)
Ride safely and courteously and always follow traffic laws. Be mindful of your surroundings, and respectful of others; people walking, bicycling, and driving on Bellevue sidewalks, bikeways, and streets.
Make sure you understand how much a ride will cost before you start a trip to avoid surprises. How do I pay for the ride? Payments are made to Lime through their mobile app. You need to add credits to your account before you can start a trip. Lime sets the price for their service.
Where can I park a bike share bicycle in Bellevue? Bike share bicycles may be parked on paved surfaces in the public right-of-way—streets, sidewalks, and easements—in locations that do not block walkways or vehicle travel lanes. Do not block building entrances, driveways, bus stop loading areas, curb ramps or bike lanes, or other locations that might prevent people from passing the bike safely. Bike share bicycles are not allowed to be left in city parks. When in doubt, a bike rack is always an appropriate place to leave any bicycle. Do… park bicycles upright; leave at least six feet of clear walkway so people using wheelchairs, walkers, other mobility devices, and pushing strollers can get by unobstructed; park in preferred parking areas, which are painted on the pavement and identified with icons in the mobile app; park at bike racks where available. Do not… park on street corners; block building entrances, driveways, or bus stop loading areas; block curb ramps; leave bike share bicycles in city parks or on private property. How do I end a trip? Just park the bike. Wherever you go, you can park the bike nearby. Just make sure to leave the bike on pavement and out of the way. Do not leave the bike in city parks or on private property, except where specially marked in the app and on the ground.
Close the lock. The lock is located above the back wheel just below the seat post. Press the knob to slide the lock closed and end your ride. The bike will make a sound to confirm your trip has ended. The mobile app will show you a summary of your trip, including how far and long you rode as well as the cost of the ride.
Good to Go! Please make sure you leave the bike in a responsible place for the next person to use!