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Millennials and Gen Z-ers across the country are choosing not to get their driver’s licenses, opting instead to use rideshare apps to get them to and from their destinations.
But let’s be real:
Sometimes Uber and Lyft aren’t perfect. Traffic can cause a short ride to take way too long, and we’ve all heard about the dangers of greenhouse gases produced by vehicle emissions.
Besides the downside of cars, sometimes you’re only traveling a mile or less, or maybe it’s a beautiful day and you want to be outside. During these instances, rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft don’t make sense.
Several companies have noticed the void in efficient “last mile” transportation options, including several dockless electric scooter startups.
Lime and Bird scooters are revolutionizing transportation by completely changing how people get around major cities. Just a decade ago, a car was a necessity for many people, but young people have realized that’s no longer the case. Companies like Lime are making a car-free future even more realistic for many Americans.
In this article, we’re going to focus on Lime and, in particular, how new users can save money on Lime rentals by using promo codes.
- Working Lime Promo Codes
- How to Apply a Phomo Code
- Promo Code Troubleshooting
- Referring Friends
- Finding Your Referral Code
- Lime Scooter Costs
- How Lime Scooters Work
Lime Scooter Promo Code
We know this is the section you’re here for so we’ll make it super straightforward. If you’re a new rider who’s never used Lime and want to receive a discount on your first ride, enter this coupon code in the Lime app:
If you’ve already downloaded the app but didn’t enter a promo code, you’re not entirely out of luck. If you still haven’t taken your first ride, you can enter a new promo code by navigating to the Payment section of the app and adding the code there.
What does a Lime promo code get you? In most cities, entering the above promo code will provide you with free ride credits you can use on your first Lime ride.
This is basically free money for you to use to ride around town. In some cases, the promo code gives you your first few rides free, but only if you’re a first time user.
How Can I Apply a Lime Scooter Promo Code?
Applying a Lime promo code is simple! The first thing to do is acquire a code. You can get one directly from Lime, from a trusted online source (like us), or from a family member or friend.
When you have your code ready to use, follow these steps:
- Open the Lime app
- Go to “Wallet”
- then click on “View” under “Add a Promo Code”
- Enter LIME5RESPECT and tap “Add promo”
Once your code has been accepted and applied to your account, it will remain in your wallet until you take your next Lime Scooter ride. At that point, it will be applied to the cost of your rental, and you’ll save money on your next trip.
Why Isn’t My Promo Code Working?
On occasion, you may enter a promo code but not see the discount applied to your account. There are a few reasons why this can occur.
First, check to make sure that you typed in the code correctly. Double check to make sure that the code is not expired. If it’s a valid code that hasn’t expired yet, it’s possible that it’s been used before and was only suitable for a one time use.
And if none of those situations apply, there is one other thing to consider – the code might be fake. There are tons of counterfeit codes online these days, so make sure you only use codes from trusted sources or straight from Lime.
If you believe you have a valid code and it’s still not working, contact Lime’s customer service. Their Help Center says “If you have just signed up and the promo code you attempted to use did not work, please submit a request and we will adjust your payment accordingly.”
It’s a real bummer when you think you’re going to get a discount on a scooter rental then realize that you have a fake code. Stick to finding codes from trusted sources, and you won’t have to worry about that!
Refer Friends to Try Lime Scooters and Make Money
One way to earn ride coupons is by inviting friends to try Lime. Lime gives all users a unique referral code, which you can share with family and friends to encourage them to try the scooter service.
Once your friend completes their first ride, you and the friend will each earn $3 in ride coupons to apply toward your next trip.
The more people you can get to try Lime, the more you’ll see those ride coupons piling up. And there’s no limit to how many people you can enlist. If you really want to earn those ride coupons, you can even share your code with strangers.
We’ve seen some Lime users get pretty creative with where and how they share their referral code. Print it on business cards and leave a few cards at coffee shops and restaurants.
Head to a crowded parking lot and leave a card on each windshield. You can even print it on flyers and hang it up in hotel lobbies, office buildings, and common areas on college campuses. All with permission, of course.
The more creative you get, the more likely you are to get people you don’t even know to use your code.
How Do I Find My Lime Scooter Referral Code?
Finding your unique Lime code is simple!
- Open the Lime app
- Tap the menu button in the upper left-hand corner
- Tap “Get $3 Credits”
From there, you can easily copy down your unique referral code or share it via text message, social media, email, and more.
How Much Do Lime Scooters and Lime Bikes Cost?
The pricing for Lime Scooters is very straightforward: it is $1 to start your ride and $0.15 per minute after that.
Generally speaking, riders can cover a distance of about four miles for under $5.00.
Here’s an example of how the pricing system works. Let’s say you rented a Lime scooter for 20 minutes (in this amount of time, you could cover up to 3.75 miles assuming a speed of 15 mph). You’ll be charged the $1 start fee, then 15 cents for every minute. That means you’ll be charged $1.00 + 20 x $0.15, which comes out to $4.00.
That’s pretty cheap when you consider that Uber charges a per mile fee AND and per minute fee. Check out this Uber Fare Estimator if you want to see how much those fees are in your city.
Of course, you can use a promo code to get free Lime credits. If it’s your first time using Lime, use code LIME5RESPECT when you sign up to receive a discount.
As for Lime bike, pricing depends on if you have a regular pedal bike or an electric bike. Classic pedal bikes cost $1 to unlock and $0.05/minute to ride, which makes them even cheaper than the scooters. Lime eBikes cost the same as the electric scooters; just $1 to unlock + $0.15 per minute in most areas.
How Do Lime Scooters Work?
If you’re new to Lime Scooters, there area few things you’ll need to know before you can enter your promo code and get going. Let’s talk about how you can actually rent and ride a scooter yourself.
Like Uber or Lyft, Lime is completely app-based, meaning you’ll need to download the smartphone app to use the service.
When you download the app, you’ll need to agree to some terms and conditions that confirm you are over the age of 18 and have a valid driver’s license.
After that’s out of the way, you’ll be asked to enter your payment information. This is also when you’ll be asked to enter your promo code, so don’t forget to enter:
LIME5RESPECT or R7LDYSB
Once you’ve entered your payment information and promo code, a map of your area will appear (location services need to be turned on). The map will show the location of Lime scooters and Lime bikes in your neighborhood.
You can click on the little scooter icons to see how far away they are and the electric charge left on each scooter. Hopefully, you’ll have a scooter outside your door, but that’s not always the case. The scooters are typically clustered in high-traffic areas, so you might need to do some walking to get your hands on one.
When you’re near a scooter, you can make the scooter emit a loud noise by hitting the “Ring” button on the smartphone app – this will help you locate it if it’s not in sight.
After you’ve located the scooter, you click the “SCAN TO RIDE” button on the app, this will use your phone’s camera to scan the QR code on the handlebars of the scooter. If your phone camera doesn’t work or if you run into any issues, you can also enter the scooter or bike number manually in the app.
Scanning the QR code will start your ride. Once your trip is over, you have to end your rental on the app, which will charge you for the trip – just like Uber or Lyft.
Once the scooter or bike is unlocked, get going! Lime is a great way to get around town for many reasons, but it’s also fun to ride them around town.
Reducing the number of vehicles on the road has its benefits. Fewer vehicles mean less pollution and less traffic congestion.
Lime scooters can play a huge part in this by providing fast, efficient and affordable transportation options around a city.
But above all, the thing we love about Lime scooters is that they’re fun. Sure, there are other benefits, but getting to your destination and smiling while you’re doing it is rare in this day and age.
First-time riders can use our referral code: LIME5RESPECT and get free account credits towards your first ride.
Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.