Shared e-scooters and e-bikes - known as micromobility - provide a fun and convenient way to get around Boulder without a car and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

The City of Boulder, in partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder County, the Boulder Chamber, Lime and BCycle, has launched a new Shared Micromobility Program that includes a new e-scooter pilot program in East Boulder and additional BCycle e-bikes and docking stations across the city. Press Release: Boulder Partnering with Lime, BCycle to Launch New Shared Micromobility Program

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East Boulder Lime e-Scooter Program

Beginning Aug. 18, Lime will deploy 200 e-scooters in East Boulder, east of 28th Street, to provide non-vehicular travel options for area employees, students and residents.

How to use a Lime e-scooter

Download the Lime app

Download the Lime app to start using a Lime e-scooter.

Find your nearest scooter on the map

Scan the QR code to unlock the scooter

Ride!

Put one foot on, kick off with the other and gently press the throttle to accelerate. Follow all traffic laws and take caution around pedestrians during your trip.

Park the e-scooter upright

Reached your destination? Park the e-scooter upright on the sidewalk, near a bike rack, or near a curb. Park responsibly – don't block pedestrian walkways, crosswalks, bus stops or sidewalk ramps.

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

Lime e-Scooter Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Download the Lime app

  1. Find your nearest scooter on the map.

  1. Scan the QR code to unlock the scooter.

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

  1. Park the e-scooter upright on the sidewalk, near a bike rack, or near a curb. Trips ending on CU Boulder property must be parked at specific parking hubs shown in the Lime app.

  1. Make sure your scooter is upright.

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

Park responsibly – don't block pedestrian walkways, crosswalks, bus stops or sidewalk ramps.

Lime e-scooters can be found deployed in designated zones in East Boulder (east of 28th Street) on/near sidewalks and in commercial areas. Use the Lime app to find locations of available e-scooters.

View a map of the program area

Lime e-scooters can be ridden in East Boulder, east of 28th Street and south of Jay Road, including on CU Boulder’s East Campus and at Williams Village. The e-scooters are geofenced and are not operable west of 28th Street, including the CU Boulder Main Campus. View a map of the program area

Lime e-scooters should be ridden in the bike lane where bike lanes exist. If no bike lane exists, e-scooters can be ridden in the street (with traffic) or on sidewalks.

Lime e-scooters cannot be used outside of East Boulder, including on CU Boulder's main campus. They are geofenced and will shut down if taken outside the program area (west of 28th Street).

Yes. E-scooters should be ridden in the bike lane when a bike lane is available. If no bike lane is available, e-scooters can be used in the street (with traffic) or on the sidewalk.

Ring the bell on the scooter when passing others and signal turns with your hand, if possible. Always travel with traffic, never against traffic.

Yes, if no bike lane exists. Always travel with traffic, never against traffic. Ring the bell on the scooter when passing others and signal turns with your hand.

Yes, but only if there is no bike lane in the adjacent street.. Travel with caution on sidewalks, use the bell when passing others and always yield to pedestrians.

Yes, but please note that e-scooters are not allowed on Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) trails or OSMP paved multi-use trails.

No. E-scooters are not allowed on Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) trails, OSMP paved multi-use trails, or the Boulder Canyon Trail, which is managed by Boulder County and connects to the Boulder Creek Path.

Yes. When riding in the bike lane or in the street, all e-scooter users must follow traffic laws including stopping at stop signs and waiting for the green light to cross intersections.

Trips ending on CU Boulder properties at Williams Village and East Campus must be parked in specific parking hubs shown in the Lime app. Elsewhere, Lime e-scooters can be parked in on sidewalks near bike racks or near curbs. If parking on the sidewalk, be sure to leave the scooter in a location that does not impede pedestrians. If parking near a curb, leave a car door length’s of space between the scooter and vehicles.

No.

Yes. See the Lime mobile app for deployment locations and available devices.

200 Lime e-scooters are being deployed in East Boulder.

$1 to unlock, $0.29 a minute.

The e-scooters have a top speed of 15 mph.

Lime Access provides discounted fares to qualifying riders in the United States, and access to Lime scooters for people without smartphones or credit cards. To qualify, an individual must demonstrate participation in an eligible local, state or federal public benefits program. Learn more

Lime e-scooters can be used between the hours of 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Remember these safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet

  • Follow traffic laws

  • Use the bell for warnings

  • Always yield to pedestrians

  • Be 18+ years old to ride

  • Ride predictably and defensively

  • Ride solo and sober

  • Be aware of potholes, puddles and uneven surfaces

Lime e-scooters feature a Training Mode to help make your first ride on a Lime smoother and more comfortable.

Learn more about how to use a Lime scooter safely at https://safety.li.me/.

Safety is a priority for the e-scooter program and the city and CU Boulder are taking the following steps to promote safe use of the devices:

  • The dockless e-scooters will be deployed in zones that allow for clear, unobstructed passage of pedestrians on/near sidewalks and in commercial areas and that do not impede Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility or the boarding or departure of transit users.

  • The e-scooters will be geofenced, meaning they will shut down if users try to take them out of designated areas. Scooters will not be operable west of 28th Street, including on the CU Boulder Main Campus. Lime is required to collect all e-scooters and replace them at deployment zones daily.

  • The e-scooters are outfitted with Lime’s Training Mode, a new feature designed to make the first ride on a Lime scooter smoother and more comfortable. When a rider turns on Training Mode, the max scooter speed will be reduced to just 8 miles per hour, so first-time or early riders can get the feel for riding at a comfortable speed.

  • The e-scooters have a speed limit of 15 mph and can only be used during the hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Riders are encouraged to always wear a helmet. Lime provides discounted helmets – more information is available here.

E-scooters can help Boulder reach its transportation goals to reduce vehicle trips and greenhouse gases by making it easier to get around without a car, especially for short trips. In September 2020, Boulder City Council voted to allow a dockless e-scooter company to operate in the city. In March 2021, the city issued an RFP for operators and selected Lime. Bid requests were reviewed by the city, CU Boulder and Boulder County for alignment with community goals.

East Boulder was chosen because it’s one of the top employment centers in the city, with more than 16,000 jobs located there, and is also home to CU Boulder’s East Campus and popular commercial areas. The program area also covers several traditionally underserved neighborhoods.

Lime collects all e-scooters and replaces them at deployment zones daily.

Yes. Riders are encouraged to always wear a helmet. Lime provides discounted helmets – more information is available here.

The city and Lime are tracking e-scooter usage data in East Boulder and will evaluate the program after one year of operation. Any determinations about expanding e-scooter access elsewhere in Boulder will be made after that time.

Lime analyzed e-scooter trips between March 2019 and February 2020 and found that 99.9% of Lime scooter trips during this period were incident-free, with riders not reporting a single injury. That means 1 out of every 1.1 million rides resulted in severe injury or fatality. Learn more

If you are injured, call 911 (if calling from a cell phone on CU’s campus tell the dispatcher that you are on campus so CUPD can be dispatched). Any incident that involves actual physical contact or injury should be reported to CU Police Department if on campus, or Boulder Police. Please also report your crash or injury with Lime. Fill out a report here or call 1-888-546-3345.

Provide Your Feedback

Provide Your Feedback

Provide your feedback on the Lime e-scooters using Inquire Boulder.

Report a Close Call

Use the Close Call form to report a close call while riding an e-scooter or with an e-scooter. Your feedback helps us identify trouble spots both in the city and on CU Boulder property.

How to report an issue with a Lime e-scooter

Contact Lime

All Lime e-scooter issues (including broken e-scooters, misparked e-scooters and safety/access issues) should be reported directly to Lime through the channels below. Contact info is also posted on all e-scooters.

  • Phone: 1-888-LIME-345
  • Email: support@li.me
  • Text: 1 (888)-546-3345
  • In Lime app: Rapid Reporting Feature (for riders and non-riders)
  • On Twitter: Tag @_LimeAid
BCycle

Boulder BCycle Bike Share

The City of Boulder partners with BCycle to provide a bike share program in Boulder. The program includes e-bikes and has stations across the city.

Downlad the BCycle app to get riding!

How to use a BCycle bike

Check out a bike

Visit a BCycle station and follow the instructions to check out a bike. You can also check out a bike using the BCycle app. To check out an e-bike, you must use the BCycle app.

Find a bike near you

There are more than 40 bike share stations conveniently located around the city - and more are on the way!

View the map of BCycle stations

Ride!

Take any bike out for a short trip.

Return

Drop off the bike to any station.

Repeat

Until your pass expires.

How to ride a BCycle e-bike safely

Check out an e-bike

Visit a BCycle station and use the BCycle app to check out an e-bike.

Ride where e-bikes are allowed

E-bikes are permitted on most multi-use paths within the city of Boulder.

Follow the speed limit

  • Comply with the 15 mph speed limit on multi-use paths

Pass safely

  • Keep right, pass left
  • Always yield to pedestrians
  • Give an audible alert before passing

Shared Micromobility Program Background

The City of Boulder's Transportation Master Plan sets out a roadmap for a future that is shared and electric to meet our transportation and climate goals.

Micromobility can help us get there. It refers to ways of getting around that use shared services and connected technology to provide more travel choices to more people, such as shared e-bikes and e-scooters. These smaller-scale travel choices can help reduce single-occupant car trips and fill in gaps in our transportation network.

In October 2020, City Council supported city staff's recommendation to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select operator(s) to provide e-scooters and e-bikes for a new Shared Micromobility Program in the city. City staff issued the RFP in March 2021 with the goal of initiating a new program in summer 2021.

Micromobility device chart

Where can micromobility devices be used in the city?

Check out our handy chart to learn where different micromobility devices can be used in Boulder.

  • Bicycles and e-bikes: Can be used on all streets, in bike lanes, on multi-use paths and on sidewalks outside dismount zones (please note e-bikes may not be used on designated OSMP trails).
  • Skateboards and rollerblades (non-electric): Can be used on residential streets and only in the bike lane on all other streets. They can also be used on multi-use paths and on sidewalks outside dismount zones.
  • Electric scooters and electric skateboards: Can be used on residential streets and only in the bike lane on all other streets. If no bike lane exists, e-scooters can be used on sidewalks, except in dismount zones). They can also be used on multi-use paths.
  • Motorized scooters and mopeds: Can only be ridden in the street, with the flow of traffic. Cannot be ridden in bike lanes or on sidewalks or multi-use paths.

Dismount Zones

The city has also updated the locations of sidewalk dismount zones to reduce conflicts in areas with high pedestrian traffic and better support multimodal travel connections. Dismount zones are in place in downtown Boulder and University Hill (around CU Boulder's main campus) to reduce conflicts in areas with high pedestrian traffic.