Lime is offering a new feature for its electric scooter rentals in the United States and Canada. Group Ride, which Lime announced today plans to roll out to North America soon, seeks to ensure that every rider in a group has their own scooter.

Group Ride, Lime’s next addition to the US and Canadian version of its app, is designed to make it easier for groups to ride together on shared electric scooters.

The electric scooters, which Lime offers to rent for around $ 1 to start and 15 cents a minute, were previously a one-rider business.

If you and a friend both wanted to get to your destination, you each had to have a Lime account and unlock your own electric scooter. Or as it often happened in practice, one person would unlock an electric scooter, and then the two users would ride together in tandem. It was a violation of Lime’s rules – but that didn’t stop it from happening.

Group Ride could make electric scooters safer and easier to use

With Group ride, a single Lime user can unlock up to five scooters at a time. The feature is designed to allow one person to pay for (and be responsible for) all scooters unlocked with Group Ride.

According to Lime:

Over the next few weeks, Lime riders in select cities across the United States and Canada will be able to access the Group Ride app directly from their iOS and Android devices. It is important to note that all participants must always agree to abide by Lime’s rules and regulations before riding.

While Lime tries to keep two cyclists away from a single scooter, another electric scooter startup is trying to do the opposite. Tango hopes to provide a Lime-type electric scooter sharing service, but with the addition of longer electric scooters designed to carry two riders. Tandem scooters, which look like an electric scooter limousine, have a second handlebar for the rear driver.

Taking Electek

Group Ride actually seems to be a very useful tool, in my opinion.

I’m sure it will be useful for keeping a cyclist per scooter, but I think it will also be great for families and tourists who are trying to get around a city together.

Electrek’s own publisher, Seth Weintraub, recently discovered it the hard way while traveling with his family in Europe. Between his wife, kids, and himself, they roamed the city on a mishmash of limes, birds, and jumps so they could unlock enough shared vehicles for everyone to use at the same time. But a single account unlocking up to five scooters would be perfect for this kind of situation.

I’m in favor of anything that makes these fun and efficient electric scooters a safer option for commuting around town.

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