Lime Scooters ride into Santa Ana with unprecedented risks

A single Lime scooter on the intersection of Fairview and McFadden on March 7, 2019

Yoloczitlali Perez

A single Lime scooter on the intersection of Fairview and McFadden on March 7, 2019

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

The streets of Santa Ana are welcoming a new member, the electric scooter.

Recently, an abundance of Lime electric scooters have been spotted around Santa Ana. These affordable scooters are a new way of transportation.  

To unlock a Lime scooter, you have to download their app and then open the Lime app and tap on the “Ride” button at the bottom of the screen. Then you either scan the QR code using your phone’s camera or manually enter the 6-digit vehicle code located beneath the QR code. To unlock the scooter it’s $1 and it’s $0.15 every minute to ride. It’s inexpensive and convenient. In order to find a scooter near you, all you have to do is open the app and a GPS will appear with all the scooters in the city.

You don’t even need a drivers license to ride the electric scooter.

Godinez students have taken advantage of the scooters. Senior, Andy Santos rides the scooters to school a few times a week. “I ride the Lime scooters when I am running late since I don’t have to wait for my ride to come, whereas if I took an Uber or Lyft to school I would have to wait about 5 minutes or more.”  

Senior, Salvador Torres rides the scooters to and from work. Torres acknowledges that the scooters are cheap, but he tries to not spend a lot of money on a ride. The most he has spent is $8.

Torres has weighed the benefits between riding public transportation and riding a Lime scooter he explains “if you’re trying to get from here (Godinez) to Wing Stop it’s better to ride the scooter, but if you are trying to go to Disneyland then it’s better to take the bus.” Torres also adds that scooters are beneficial to people who use it correctly.

You can even make some extra cash thanks to Lime. They offer a position called “Lime Juicer” they basically collect and charge the scooters. They earn $30+ per hour or up to $100 per night. The requirements are: To be 18 years old, have a vehicle, have a valid driver’s license, have a helmet for scooter driving, and to have a smartphone as the job is through an app.

Although they do benefit the community, some scooters don’t live to see the next day. Some scooters have actually been torn apart. The tops are torn off and only the boards are left. Other scooters are thrown into local ponds.

In San Diego there was a  lawsuit filed in a federal district court last month that claims both the city and scooter rental companies Lime, Bird and Razor have failed to prevent people from riding or parking scooters on sidewalks. People with disabilities cannot access the scooters in public right-of-way and have turned sidewalks into a “vehicle highway” where people with disabilities are at risk of getting injured.

Even so, the new addition of these scooters have tremendously helped the community and especially the current students.