By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara residents will have a new way to get around the city starting soon. Lime e-scooters are set to be deployed throughout the Mission City.
Lime has received its operating permit and will officially begin deploying 300 e-scooters throughout the city as part of the Santa Clara Shared Mobility Program.
Four years ago, the City put a moratorium on e-scooters so the City staff could figure out how to safely allow them to operate.
The City selected two operators for the current operating year, Lime and Bird, who plan to provide up to 450 total e-scooters.
“We are excited to welcome Lime to Santa Clara and to offer our residents and visitors a new and sustainable transportation option,” said Mayor Lisa Gillmor.
“E-scooters are a great way to get around town for short distances, and they are also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Lime e-scooters are available to rent through the Lime app. Riders can find and unlock e-scooters on the app map, and they can ride anywhere in Santa Clara.
According to City staff, e-scooters will be parked on sidewalks with adequate space to keep them clear for pedestrians, and riders will be required to follow all traffic laws. E-scooters must be parked in designated parking areas.
Here are some other requirements:
- Riders must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
- Helmets are required for riders of all ages.
- Riders must park e-scooters in designated parking areas.