I was asked yesterday by a really cute guy with the dreads what I like about Portland. His brown face was in disbelief knowing I come from the East Coast. Originally I replied, “the food trucks,” when he asked which food trucks and I said “I mean juice trucks!”
I had the feeling he didn’t believe my answers and I was taken a bit off guard. Since I had an audience of eyes on me in wonderment my shyness kicked in and the introvert in me withdrew from the conversation with smiles and thanks. Heading back to my computer to finish my paperwork. But the were many reasons my like for Portland was increasing.
I woke up this morning to another semi cloudy cool morning! I had planned on working in my garden, but the weather and my tasks were too cumbersome and timely. So here I am at 6am with a few hours sleep from homework the night before on a little mission. Lo and behold I spied a Lime eScooter on the curb while on my path! Whoa, looks like I gotta get a bike helmet!
Voila! There on my walking path was a Lime electric scooter to assist on my travels! Lime electric scooter is a bike share micro-mobility company. eScooters as they are called in Portland, are pay-per-minute scooters located throughout the city on street corners and bike stations. The maximum speed are 15 mph and start at $1 per hour to unlock and 15 cents per minute. The eScooter is so easy to rent with a simple download of the app via Apple Store marketplace and linked bank accounts anyone can ride. You can scan the eScooter bar code via your phone camera and unlock your ride, zoom to your destination and park in required location which is simply parking upright using the kickstand and uploading a snapshot.
There are ride rules which I think I pretty much violated by lack of awareness but not that I know, I’m on the search for a bike helmet and better ride planning.
eScooter Rules and Laws
- Wear a helmet – Oregon law will fine you $25 if you don’t!
- Don’t ride on the sidewalk
- Yield to pedestrians
- Park on the curb
- Single person rides only!
- Don’t ride intoxicated or under any influence – drug free riding!
- No eScooters allows in public parks
- No eScooters on public transportation systems – bus, trains, railways, streetcars!
So I can add this to my list of “Why” I like Portland! Portland transportation is infused with Bike and Cycling programs and stores throughout the city to encourage a more healthy and sustainable transportation system. Portland is known among other names as “Bike City” with over a dozen bike shops, organizations, and programs to teach bike maintenance, provide ride share, and rental opportunities. I’ve been looking for various types of bike options for the summer months ahead. Looking forward to getting a new bike standard or electric to join in the “Bike City” enthusiasm and get my exercise on.
Peace, Love & Empowerment!