Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press file                                A Lime electric scooter on a street in downtown Portland.

Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press file A Lime electric scooter on a street in downtown Portland.

Electric scooters rolling into Everett for a 3-month test

Starting Friday, 100 Lime scooters will be available for rent at strategic locations across town.

EVERETT — Rentable electric scooters will dot Everett streets on Friday as the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival gets into full swing.

Lime, one of the nation’s leading scooter-rental and bike-share companies, is launching a three-month pilot program with 100 e-scooters.

“This is going to be a great opportunity to connect parts of our community without the need for single-occupancy vehicles,” said Nick Harper, deputy mayor, introducing the pilot at Wednesday night’s Everett City Council meeting.

The battery-powered scooters will cost riders $1 to unlock and 25 cents per minute thereafter.

“Way more people are willing to ride scooters than bikes,” Jonathan Hopkins, Lime’s head of Northwest strategic development, told the council during the briefing.

They do not require a docking station at the end of the ride. Rather, riders are supposed to leave them in the “furniture zone,” the space between the curb and the sidewalk — where flower pots, light poles and bike racks are located.

Lime must move scooters that are improperly parked within two hours after being notified, according to a draft agreement between Lime and the city.

The city is instituting a 10 cents fee for every ride that starts in city limits, according to the document. And the company is allowed up to 300 scooters during the pilot program. More could be considered depending on usage.

To use the scooters, a phone app is needed to unlock them. Then riders step on and kick off to get going, according to a video on Lime’s website. A throttle to accelerate and hand brake are located on the handlebars.

Lime plans on sharing ridership data, so the city will be able to track the number of trips and routes used.

Each night the scooters are collected and charged, then redistributed on city streets.

“It means the cityscape gets a reset each day,” Hopkins said.

Where scooters are placed tends to mirror density, according to Hopkins.

Users are required to wear helmets and cannot ride scooters on the sidewalk, according to city code. Riders are allowed to use bike lanes or city streets that have speed limits of 25 mph or less. Scooters are not allowed to be used in city parks.

Many city councilmembers were excited about the pilot, though some expressed concern about inappropriately parked scooters and safety.

“I think this will be a great thing for our community,” said Councilmember Brenda Stonecipher during Wednesday’s meeting.

Last week Seattle announced the city would begin putting together a scooter-share pilot program, which could launch early next year. The city already has dockless bike share.

In Tacoma, e-scooters were introduced last fall. There, they are allowed to be ridden on sidewalks.

In Snohomish County, Bothell is considering implementing a scooter pilot. The City Council is expected to decide in early June, according to city spokesperson Catherine Jansen.

Lizz Giordano: 425-374-4165;; Twitter: @lizzgior.

Talk to us

More in Local News

News logo for use with stories about Mill Creek in Snohomish County, WA.
Mill Creek house fire leaves 1 dead

The fire was contained to a garage in the 15300 block of 25th Drive SE. A person was found dead inside.

Firefighters respond to a house fire Wednesday morning in the 3400 block of Broadway. (Everett Fire Department)
3 hospitalized in critical condition after Everett house fire

Firefighters rescued two people, one of whom uses a wheelchair, from the burning home in the 3400 block of Broadway.

The Walmart Store on 11400 Highway 99 on March 21, 2023 in in Everett, Washington. The retail giant will close the store on April 21, 2023. (Janice Podsada / The Herald)
Walmart announces Everett store on Highway 99 will close on April 21

The Arkansas-based retail giant said the 20-year-old Walmart location was “underperforming financially.”

Michael Tolley (Northshore School District)
Michael Tolley named new Northshore School District leader

Tolley, interim superintendent since last summer, is expected to inherit the position permanently in July.

Logo for news use, for stories regarding Washington state government — Olympia, the Legislature and state agencies. No caption necessary. 20220331
New forecast show state revenues won’t be quite as robust as expected

Democratic budget writers say they will be cautious but able to fund their priorities. Senate put out a capital budget Monday.

Everett Memorial Stadium and Funko Field on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Drive to build new AquaSox ballpark gets $7.4M boost from state

The proposed Senate capital budget contains critical seed money for the city-led project likely to get matched by the House.

Angelica Montanari and daughter Makena, 1, outside of the Community Health Center of Snohomish County Everett-Central Clinic on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Providers at Community Health Center of Snohomish County vote to form a union

Providers expressed hope for improving patient care and making their voices heard with management.

NO CAPTION NECESSARY: Logo for the Cornfield Report by Jerry Cornfield. 20200112
A thumbs up for capital gains, kind words for the Senate budget

It’s Day 75. Here’s what’s happening in the 2023 session of the Washington Legislature

Logo for news use, for stories regarding Washington state government — Olympia, the Legislature and state agencies. No caption necessary. 20220331
Supreme Court rules state’s new capital gains tax is legal

The 7-2 ruling clears the way for collection of payments starting next month. The tax is expected to bring in $500 million a year.

Most Read