The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming and the weather is (finally) warming up, which can only mean one thing: spring is here!
Since better weather means more reasons to get out and explore your city on an electric scooter, it’s important to review some safety pointers on how to Respect The Ride. Here are 5 of our pro tips to riding safely this spring and beyond!
1) WEAR A HELMET
It may seem superfluous by now, but wearing a helmet is one of the most proactive things you can do to protect yourself while riding an electric scooter. What’s more, advances in helmet design are making them both more comfortable to wear and easier to carry with you. And if you’re wondering where you can find one that’s safe, stylish and collapsible, look no further. We got you.
2) DITCH THE HEADPHONES
There’s no doubt your carefully curated playlist for spring is setting the mood for those long, sunny days ahead. However, when you’re cruising down the street, it’s best to pause the music and focus on your surroundings. For the sake of everyone’s safety, leave the headphones disconnected and keep your ears tuned into more important sounds like those emanating from cars, pedestrians and other riders.
3) DECELERATE DOWNHILL
Whether you’re discovering a new part of your city or simply getting to your destination, it’s easy to lose track of the speed at which you’re traveling. Always remember that electric scooters can pick up speed quicker than you realize, especially when assisted by the pull of gravity. Please remember to use the brakes on your electric scooter liberally when going downhill.
4) USE BIKE LANES
In cities where it’s allowed, use the bike lane! These are usually installed in cities for riders who choose to travel via bike, scooter or other modes of alternative transit. Not sure if there’s a bike lane where you’re going? Google Maps has a feature that will show you designated bike trails, lanes and other recommended streets for those traveling on two wheels.
5) FOLLOW TRAFFIC LAWS
Riding an electric scooter means obeying the same traffic laws as other vehicles on the road. This includes stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, yielding to pedestrians and abiding by street-specific speed limits. For more detailed information, consult your local DOT website and visit Lime’s more in-depth safety guide.
In addition to being proactive about safety, it’s important to choose a scooter that’s as dynamic and durable as you are. Lime’s new Gen 3 scooter boasts a number of safety features, such as upgraded 10” diameter wheels, a mountain bike-inspired front suspension system and multimodal braking. Simply put, it’s the safest, most robust electric scooter on the market.
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