The City of Boulder has partnered with Lime to provide a new e-scooter pilot program in East Boulder. The new e-scooters will offer a quick way for employees, students and residents to get around one of the busiest areas of the city, whether grabbing lunch, heading to class or getting to a bus stop. Taking an e-scooter for a short trip instead of driving is a great way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation – and is just plain fun!

But before you get started using the new e-scooters, read our guide below to know how to access the e-scooters and how to use them safely.

Where can I use the e-scooters? 

For this pilot program, Lime e-scooters are only available in east Boulder, defined as east of 28th Street. The program area also includes CU Boulder’s East Campus and Williams Village. View a map of the program area. The e-scooters are geofenced to this area, so they’ll shut down if you try to take them west of 28th Street or outside Boulder.

In East Boulder, the scooters should be ridden in the bike lane. If no bike lane is available, they can be ridden on the sidewalk. E-scooters can also be ridden on multi-use paths. Take caution and travel slow when riding on the sidewalk and multi-use paths and always yield to pedestrians and slower-moving traffic

How to ride an e-scooter  

It’s easy to get riding! Just follow these steps:

  1. Download the Lime app.

  1. Find your nearest scooter on the map.

  1. Inspect scooter for damage before riding.

  1. Scan the QR code on the scooter to unlock it.

  1. Put one foot on, kick off with the other and gently press the throttle to accelerate.

Use Lime’s Training Mode for your first ride – it’s a great way to get acquainted with riding the e-scooters at a lower speed.

How to park an e-scooter   

1. Park the scooter upright on the sidewalk or near curbs or bike racks. If you are on CU Boulder’s East Campus or at Williams Village, the scooter must be parked in the designated areas.

2. Make sure you are not blocking the sidewalk or curb ramps.

3. Follow the prompt on the Lime app and take a photo to end the ride.

e-scooter safety graphic

Safety tips to remember

It’s important to be aware of your surroundings when riding an e-scooter and share space with others responsibly. Remember these safety tips when you ride:

  • Use Lime’s Training Mode for your first ride. It helps you get familiar with riding a Lime e-scooter at a low speed.

  • Always wear a helmet when you ride. Helmets reduce the risk of serious head injury. Lime provides discounted helmets – learn more.

  • Follow all traffic laws. Stop at stop signs and traffic lights and use intersections or crosswalks to cross the street.

  • Always yield to pedestrians. Take caution traveling on sidewalks and share the space.

  • Use the bell on the scooter to warn others when passing.

  • Ride predictably and defensively and take extra caution when crossing driveways.

  • Be 18 years of age or older to ride.

  • Ride solo and sober.

Take Lime’s safety quiz and you’ll get a promo code for your first ride free.

Now you’re ready to ride! Download the Lime app to get started. Learn more about the city’s Shared Micromobility Program and an FAQ about using the new e-scooters at https://bouldercolorado.gov/services/shared-micromobility-program.

e-scooter infographic