First 30 Riders Who RSVP at ScootSpokane.com Eligible for a Free Helmet
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Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11:06 a.m.
Lime and City of Spokane Parks & Recreation are excited to announce the First Ride Academy at Riverfront Park! Attendees will complete scooter education and rider training just in time to attend the free WSECU Movies in the Park.
First Ride Academy 2019
June 12, July 10 and August 14, 2019 (the second Wednesday of each month)
Visitor Center, Riverfront Park
The first 30 people to RSVP will be eligible for a free helmet to take home. After riders complete First Ride Academy, they may find it easier to access destinations on the Scoot Spokane website, benefitting to the availability of bikes and scooters throughout Spokane.
The First Ride Academy starts at 6:30pm at the Riverfront Park Visitor Center (620 West Spokane Falls Blvd). It includes education on where to ride and park vehicles, helmet distribution, short practice rides followed by a longer group ride through Riverfront Park to Kendall Yards. Attendees ride back to the Park in time for the WSECU Movies in the Park.
The effort is part of a collaborative initiative between the City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Visit Spokane and Lime to further build a culture of safety awareness relating to new mobility devices. This includes helping users comfortably understand how to ride, where to ride, and where to park scooters and bikes so as not to obstruct city sidewalks.
“At Lime we want everyone to have a safe experience with scooters in Spokane, and we are excited to work so closely with the city on this effort,” said Jonathan Hopkins, Lime’s Director of Strategic Development in the Pacific Northwest. “In addition to helping people out on their first ride, our First Ride Academy will remind customers not to ride on sidewalks downtown, how to park vehicles so they don’t obstruct others, and where to safely ride through the city.”
When users RSVP at ScootSpokane.com, they can also benefit from other features of the website. As announced previously, the webpage provides tutorials on riding, advice on safety, and recommended scooter routes to visit Kendall Yards, Browne’s Addition, the Garland District, and South Perry.
“I am thankful Lime continues to be collaborative in response to community needs and is offering this unique training opportunity to Spokane residents,” said Breean Beggs of the Spokane City Council. “It’s through efforts like this that we can help expose more Spokanites to yet another quality transportation choice in our city.”
Lime is revolutionizing mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with a greener, more efficient, and affordable transportation option that also improves urban sustainability. By partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, Lime will dramatically improve urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders. Funded by Silicon Valley's leading VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, Lime is based in San Mateo, CA. Learn more at www.li.me.
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Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane region as a preferred destination for conventions and leisure travelers from around the world. Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $1.3 billion in 2017, providing jobs for nearly 10,000 residents in the region.*
*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2017.