Kelowna residents might not be tripping over e-scooters and e-bikes any longer.

The company that owns and operates rentable e-bikes and e-scooters in Kelowna is offering prizes to riders who park the vehicles properly.

Lime announced it is launching the incentive program called Lime Parking Wardens.

Participating riders who park properly will receive a 5 minute free ride, and two lucky winners will get a $75 gift card to a restaurant.

The company’s parking improvement efforts include new mandatory parking zones in downtown Kelowna, according to a press release issued today, March 18. 

Riders will have to leave Lime scooters and bikes near digital parking pins which can be found on the Lime app.

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The Parking Wardens program is coming into effect after Lime relaunched in 2024 with various changes to how it operates. 

“Our mandatory parking zones and early morning maintenance and rebalancing hours are already marking a difference, and now we’re getting creative to try and incentivize riders as well,” Sonia Kandola with the company said in the release.

“Our Parking Wardens program has been successful in global cities like London and Melbourne and we’re excited to bring it here to Kelowna as part of our continued efforts to always be improving our service. We look forward to handing out these awards and to continued results from our efforts to promote safe riding, proper parking, and keeping the Kelowna streets we know and love clutter free,” Kandola said.

Lime e-scooters and e-bikes are becoming increasingly popular with 78,000 riders taking more than 555,000 trips in 2023, a 190 per cent increase in rides from 2022, the company said. 

“Lime promised Kelowna we would build on the success we’ve had in previous years with real, tangible differences and we’re working hard to deliver right out of the gate in 2024,” she said.

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