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How Uber Scooters Work & How To Use Them As a Rider

Did you know that you can rent scooters on Uber, on-demand? Here’s all you need to know about Uber Scooter, including pricing and how to ride.

Key Takeaways

  • Uber partners with Lime to offer scooter rentals in select cities via the Uber app.
  • Renters can unlock and pay for electric scooters directly through the Uber application.
  • Scooter rentals cost $1 to unlock and then 15 to 30 cents per minute.
  • Users can end rides by parking scooters almost anywhere, avoiding no-parking zones.

Does Uber Offer Scooters?

Yes, Uber offers scooters through a partnership with Lime, as well as through its acquisition of Jump Scooters, making them available in select cities across North America and Europe.

These scooters are primarily green with the Lime logo but may also be red or orange with the Jump logo in certain locations.

Uber scooter rides typically cost $1 to unlock and 15 to 30 cents per minute, varying by location, demand, and competition. A 10-minute ride may range from $2.50 to $4, though prices are subject to change.

How to Uber Scooters Work?

Uber scooters are electric, two-wheeled, and seatless vehicles you can rent and park almost anywhere within permitted areas.

These environmentally friendly scooters and electric bicycles, branded as Lime or Jump, offer a convenient transportation alternative without the need for a driver. They can travel up to 15 mph for distances of 20 miles or more.

Riders must follow local traffic laws, including riding on roads in some areas, wearing helmets, not carrying passengers, and yielding to pedestrians.

How to Use Uber Scooters

Unlocking a Scooter

Find and unlock a scooter either by scanning its QR code or barcode with the Uber app or by entering the scooter’s six-digit ID manually in the app.

Riding the Scooter

Start riding by gently pressing the right-hand lever to accelerate and the left-hand lever to brake.

Kick-start the scooter with your foot if needed. Gradually increase speed and brake smoothly to maintain control.

Always wear a helmet, follow local traffic laws, and be mindful of pedestrians and other vehicles. Avoid highways and non-permitted areas.

Ending the Ride

Park the scooter in an allowed area, avoiding no parking zones, accessibility ramps, store entrances, or bus stops. Use the app to end your ride, ensuring the scooter is stable with its kickstand down.

Troubleshooting: Why Can’t I See Scooters on My Uber App?

If you can’t see scooters on your Uber app, consider these possible reasons and solutions:

  1. Availability: Scooters might not be available in your area or Uber may have ceased operations there. Check if you’re within the service area.
  2. Internet Connectivity: Ensure you have a stable internet connection. Restart the app or toggle airplane mode on and off.
  3. GPS Location: Confirm your GPS is enabled. If Uber can’t locate you, scooters won’t appear. Check app permissions to ensure Uber has access to your location.
  4. Reserved Scooter Disappeared: If a reserved scooter is missing, it might be due to an expired reservation or someone else using it. Look for another scooter.
  5. Alternative: If Uber scooters remain inaccessible, consider using Lyft Scooters as an alternative in cities where they are available.

Final Thoughts

Uber Scooters provide a convenient and straightforward way to get around town, especially when you only need to go a few blocks quickly.

While the scooters aren’t as fast as cars, you may be able to skip traffic by riding past four-wheeled vehicles, as long as that is legal in your city.

In many cities, there are always scooters within a minute walk, saving you a lot of time compared to ordering a regular ride with Uber.

You also don’t have to worry about the driver canceling on you.

If you are social-distancing, using an Uber scooter is an awesome option to consider.

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