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SALT LAKE CITY — Now electric scooter company Lime made it easier than ever for groups to ride together, according to an emailed news release.
Most Utahns are familiar with the electric scooters that seem to have taken over cities across the Beehive State, but in order to ride one, each user needs to download the app on their smartphone and individually unlock the scooter they will ride.
Now, Lime has made a slight change to its operating platform to launch a new feature called “Group Ride,” which allows one Lime user to unlock up to five scooters with a single account so groups can ride together — even if the riders don’t all have the app or even a smartphone.
Only one person is allowed on each scooter at a time, though, and all riders must be 18 years of age or older. Each person riding a scooter must also abide by the rules and regulations and accept Lime's user agreement by entering their email and clicking “agree.”
Rules required by Lime and often ignored by riders include wearing a helmet and riding in designated areas, like bike lanes.
The new Group Ride feature first rolled out in Europe and Latin America, and Lime announced Friday that it will soon launch in North America, too. In fact, some riders in Ogden and Salt Lake have already tried it out, Lime spokesperson Alex Youn said in the news release.
E-scooters have become part of a micro-mobility movement across the country, and Utah cities, from Ogden to St. George, have witnessed the evolution.