NORFOLK, Va. – The coronavirus pandemic put the brakes on the City of Norfolk's Lime scooter program, but the two-wheelers will hit the streets once again.
The program will resume on Wednesday, June 17. During the program's suspension, Lime worked to implement a series of additional procedures to keep riders safe, including new sanitation measures and vehicle maintenance.
Lime scooters first hit Norfolk streets in June 2019.
Lime enhanced their cleaning methods and increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting scooters. They are cleaning all parts of the scooter that are touched by riders and using products recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Center for Biocide Chemistries list that have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against the coronavirus. All of Lime’s mechanics and operators in the field are required to wear gloves and wash their hands regularly.
As Virginia continues in Phase Two of reopening, the city and Lime are reminding riders to ride solo, stay physically distanced and use gloves or sanitizer before and after rides.
Additional safety reminders include riding in well-lit and designated areas. Scooters are not to be used on sidewalks downtown. For streets with speed limits of more than 25 mph, riders must ride on the sidewalk.
With the relaunch, Lime is also introducing new designated parking areas – corrals – in strategic locations. These corrals, designed to keep areas safe and orderly, will be noted in the app and online and will also be marked with signage.