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Lime bike in site

Today I took a spin on Lime Bike. The initial download to my phone of the Lime Bike app was quick. I have not yet figured out how to add a payment system to it. But that’s OK cause I discovered the first ride was free. The website says they have a cash option so you don’t need to have a smart phone. I didn’t figure out how to do that either.

They have a Lime business network that offers employers an opportunity to offer Lime Bike as an employee perk through a monthly flat rate plan. Mostly techie companies in South Lake Union.

Lime Bike is based in San Mateo California. Like the other dockless bike share companies they raised a fair amount in initial venture funding (12 million according to Tech Crunch). With this kind of money pouring in and the paltry rental rates it makes me wonder if their real goal is access to the potential big data an app that requires personal information and location could provide.  (ever the cynic)

Lime rules

After I returned from my ride I read through the privacy policy etc. Helmet use was more clearly defined than Spin. Parking was clearly defined (but since I hadn’t read it I parked it a little wrong – no parking on corners or bus stops and mine was on a corner at a bus stop-Oops – but not on a sidewalk).

An odd little quirk in the privacy policy was that you gave up all rights to your image and likeness as related to Lime Bike Services:

  1. License to Image and Likeness. For good and valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, You do hereby knowingly, voluntarily, and irrevocably: (1) give Your full and unconditional consent to LimeBike and its affiliates, successors, and assigns to use at any time and from time to time, without any restriction, Your appearance and voice in photographs, videos, and other recordings related to Your use of the Services, on all websites and for all press, promotional, advertising, publicity, and other commercial purposes, including all formats and media, whether now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world and in perpetuity; (2) grant to LimeBike and its affiliates, successors, and assigns (a) the right to photograph, videotape, and otherwise record Your appearance and voice related to Your use of the Services, at any time and from time to time, (b) all rights, copyrights, title, and interests in the results of such photographs, videos, and other recordings, as a work for hire for copyright purposes, and (c) the right to use, reproduce, exhibit, distribute, transmit, alter, and exploit, at any time and from time to time and as LimeBike may decide in its sole discretion, such photographs, videos, and other recordings, or any component thereof, and all related merchandising, promotions, advertising, and publicity; and (3) waive, release, and discharge all Released Persons from all Claims that You have or may have for any libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, infringement of copyright, or violation of any right granted by You in this paragraph.

Mighty odd but maybe I need to read more of these privacy policies more thoroughly (or just give up and give in).

My husband was walking up to the vet clinic with the dog and wanted to know if I wanted to go. I decided to walk one way and test the Lime Bike back. The vet clinic is at the top of a long and steep in places hill so returning via bike was definitely the way to do it.

We didn’t see any Lime bikes on the trip up hill nor in the immediate business district. Fortunately Lime Bike has a location service on the app and there was a bike about two blocks from where I needed it.

The bike itself felt sturdy. It was easy to adjust the seat up to where I needed it and this bike had 8 speeds. The lowest one got me up a medium grade medium sized hill I needed to travel. The bike tires have a foam core base so no flat tire issues. When I ended my ride it gave me an update “Great ride. You burned 87 calories and saved 787 grams of CO2.” Which was a great kick in the pants to ride more.

Click the rear lock to end your ride