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The color of LimeBike's money

Rental bike company needs you and your car

LimeBike needs people with big cars to help collect, charge, and reposition their garish bicycles and scooters.
LimeBike needs people with big cars to help collect, charge, and reposition their garish bicycles and scooters.

San Mateo’s LimeBike, one of a host of controversial free-standing bike and scooter rental services to enter San Diego’s frenzied sidewalk transportation market, has retained the lobbying firm of Rath Miller LLC to help juice its way through the regulatory perils of city hall. Now the company is advertising for freelancers to “collect and juice Lime-S scooters.”

Explains the online posting for the position of Juicer, “Bring them back to your charging spot using your own vehicle. We love pickups, vans, SUVs, and full-sized sedans!” Then, “Charge them overnight! Use our Lime-S power supplies with any standard electrical outlet in your home.” Finally, “Deploy fully charged Lime-S scooters in the morning. We’ll tell you where the drop-off will be for your Lime-S, bright and early for the commuting crowd!”

Though banned from Coronado, the scooters and bikes are so far enjoying an absence of regulation in San Diego, where Rath Miller principals Kimberly Hale Miller and Phil Rath have come up with plenty of political juice, otherwise known as campaign money, for David Alvarez and his Democratic council colleague Myrtle Cole, along with mayor Kevin Faulconer, city attorney Mara Elliott, and council members Chris Cate, Scott Sherman, Barbara Bry, and Chris Ward.

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LimeBike needs people with big cars to help collect, charge, and reposition their garish bicycles and scooters.
LimeBike needs people with big cars to help collect, charge, and reposition their garish bicycles and scooters.

San Mateo’s LimeBike, one of a host of controversial free-standing bike and scooter rental services to enter San Diego’s frenzied sidewalk transportation market, has retained the lobbying firm of Rath Miller LLC to help juice its way through the regulatory perils of city hall. Now the company is advertising for freelancers to “collect and juice Lime-S scooters.”

Explains the online posting for the position of Juicer, “Bring them back to your charging spot using your own vehicle. We love pickups, vans, SUVs, and full-sized sedans!” Then, “Charge them overnight! Use our Lime-S power supplies with any standard electrical outlet in your home.” Finally, “Deploy fully charged Lime-S scooters in the morning. We’ll tell you where the drop-off will be for your Lime-S, bright and early for the commuting crowd!”

Though banned from Coronado, the scooters and bikes are so far enjoying an absence of regulation in San Diego, where Rath Miller principals Kimberly Hale Miller and Phil Rath have come up with plenty of political juice, otherwise known as campaign money, for David Alvarez and his Democratic council colleague Myrtle Cole, along with mayor Kevin Faulconer, city attorney Mara Elliott, and council members Chris Cate, Scott Sherman, Barbara Bry, and Chris Ward.

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If those council members give special treatment to LimeBike, they should all tender their resignations.

April 4, 2018

I fail to see how any of these companies can make any money. First come the shiny new bikes. Then comes the vandalism and then the stolen/parting out and then the lawsuits for injuries etc. With bikes that you rent from a fixed location the bikes must be returned and the renter is liable for damage or theft and bikes that are not safe to use can be removed from service. I think it is a great idea that won't work.

April 5, 2018

As I mentioned before, the answer is that they're not in the bike business, they're in the data mining business. The bikes are a loss leader for what they're really after.

Considering both ofo and LimeBike are owned by Chinese investors, it's fair to ask whether any promised privacy and personal controls will be enforced.

April 5, 2018

I wouldn't trust Chinese investors to watch my wallet while I went swimming!

April 5, 2018

To Jeffery A. Barnes on FB: 1. How many people ride a dockless bike to job interviews? 2. Those bikes have become a nuisance on our sidewalks. They are like metal trash and rubber that most people have no use for. Why are you worshiping the sidewalks they take up? 3. Will you volunteer to "round up" these bikes and return them to the companies for cleaning and recharging?

April 7, 2018

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