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Electric Scooter Sharing in Rome

Save money and save mother earth. Yes! Finally, we have electronic scooters sharing in Rome. If you ask me if I have ever used them, my answer is definitely YES! And honestly, they are super safe and affordable. Some people say that this is now the solution to the congested traffic in the city. Moreover, the Electric Scooter Sharing in Rome is playing a big role in the city environment. So, whether you are a solo or group travellers, transportation around the city is no longer a problem.

The electric scooters are also known as monopattini in Italian. It is very easy to operate these monopati.

Electric scooter sharing is now in reality in Rome following the go-instruction from Italy’s transport ministry in regards to the circulation of up to date forms of urban micro-mobility on city streets.

In Rome, we have a variety of electric scooters. Most of the scooters are operated and provided by American companies. For example, Lime, Bird, and etc.

In today’s article, we will be talking about the differences between the different electronic scooters. And we will identify which one is the best.

Right after the introduction of the car sharing services, the electric scooters and bikes came into existence in Rome.

All scooter services are paid for and booked through undemanding and ready to use applications. Each service provider has a different pricing scheme, its own mobile application, and a variety of vehicles to choose from. Sharing is caring, so make sure you leave the transport as you found it after you finish scampering around Rome. Other than that, your electric scooter awaits!

Electronic Scooter Sharing in Rome

Helbiz

€1 to unlock helbiz electric scooter
€0.15 per minute
https://helbiz.com
helbiz electric scooter sharing  in rome
[ Helbiz electric scooter sharing in rome. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP ]

Firstly, we have Helbiz electric scooter sharing in Rome. Not only HelbizBike, but Helbiz also introduces its HelbizGo electric scooter! From today, you can now ride electric scooters from Helbiz in Rome. Download the app, locate the nearest scooter, scan its QR code, and unlock it. Once you’re done with your ride, park the scooter on the prescribed parking area and end your rental! You may also take advantage of their monthly subscription for only €29.99 that allows you to have an unlimited number of daily rides of up to 30 minutes. Helbiz electric scooters collaborated with Telepass.


Lime

€1 to unlock lime electric scooter
€0.25 per minute
https://www.li.me
Lime electric scooter in Rome shared by Lifetime Traveller.
[ The battery-operated vehicles have also caught on because Rome’s hills are too steep for most cyclists. ]
Image credit: Reuters

Lime has also launched its electric scooter in Rome! Download the app, scan the QR code, and unlock your Lime scooter. When you’ve reached your destination, follow the instructions on the application to end your rental. Bear in mind to park your scooter responsibly. Right after hitting the ‘end rental’ button, the application will ask you to take a photo of the scooter to help the next driver locate the scooter you used. However, this is not mandatorily. You can also opt for different subscription plans: the Lime Week Pass for only €2.99 per week which includes an unlimited unlock pass. This will save you €1 each time you unlock a scooter. There’s also a Lime Monthly Plan that includes an unlock pass for 30-minute rides: 8 rides (€19.99), 25 rides (€44.99), 50 rides (€79.99), and a three-month pass for 100 rides (€149.99).


Wind

€1 to unlock wind electric scooter
starting from €0.15 per minute
https://www.wind.co/
wind electric scooter  sharing in room
[ Wind electric scooter sharing in room. Photo by Reuters ]

It is simple. Ride, park, and pay, that is how wind works. You may download their application from google store for android devices and apps store for ios devices. After registering or account activation, you can unlock/lock the e-scooter by scanning the QR code or entering the scooter number located. Driving at night or in the dark? No problem because the application has a flashlight button on the scanner. Make sure you follow the safety rules, such as putting on your helmet and using reflective clothing to avoid accidents. In addition to that, you can only use one scooter at a time from one account.

Sometimes, we rent a scooter and we make a necessary stop on the way. Wind found a solution to that, as, like the other scooter, you can ‘pause’ your journey. There is a ‘pause’ function on your wind scooter. To avoid having to leave and look for a new one after a quick stop, wind created a pause function. When in pause mode, the vehicle is lock, ( so nobody can take it except you) however, your ride will not end. When you return, you can resume using it for as long as you need it.

However, the time while the wind vehicle is paused (i.e. the time, during which you are not using it, but it belongs to you because you have not ended your ride yet) you are still being charged per minute at the same rate as your ride (rate per minute).


Bird

€1 to unlock the bird scooter
starting from €0.25 per minute minute
www.bird.co
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[ Bird electric scooter in rome. Image Credit: Reuters }

Find the nearest Bird Scooter through their application. Use the map in the Bird app to find your closest Bird Electric Scooter. Not ready to go just yet? You can also reserve their scooters up to 30 minutes in advance. To begin your ride, scan the Bird’s QR code with your app. Hit the throttle on the right to go and pull the brakes to slow.


Dott

€1 to unlock the dott scooter
€0.19 per minute
https://ridedott.com/
dott electric scooter sharing in Rome by Lifetime Traveller
[ A man walks by some shared electric scooters parked in front of the Coliseum in Rome on Monday. Photo credit: AFP ]

Dott scooter is one of the cheapest scooters in Rome. Dott scooters in Rome have a speed limit of 20km per hour. Parking outside of the Dott riding area is not permitted. Moreover, it may lead to an administrative relocation fee up to €300 in addition to possible legal fines from the cities. So, be careful about parking. Always check on your app.

Electric Scooter Reminders

Riding Electric Scooter Safety Tips by Lifetime Traveller.
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Ride Safely

Riding cars are far different from riding and operating electronic bicycles and scooters. Firstly, the safety of the driver or passengers. Bear in mind that cars have seatbelts. On the other hand, electronic scooters have none. However, as a safety precaution measure, bikers should always wear a helmet.

In addition to that, we can not guarantee our 100% safety while riding the scooters. Most especially during the Covid19 pandemic. So, I highly advise you to put on your gloves before touching any parts of the electric scooter. Moreover, use sanitizing cream or gel before and after riding. Both the Lime and Bird scooters have maximum speeds of around 25km per hour.

Park with care

Never park in areas that are legally off-limits, such as: 

  • In front of the Tow-Away Zone or Passo Carrabile in Italian
  • In the middle of the sidewalk or bike lanes
  • Private property or private driveways
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Areas that need to stay free for safety reasons (e.g. hospital entrances)
  • No-park zones (these are generally shown on your in-app map).
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Make sure to always check on your app before leaving your vehicles. After your ride, use the kickstand to keep your vehicle upright. Park your scooters away from public pathways—your community will appreciate it for sure. Before ending the trip, some apps will ask you to take a snapshot of the scooter. After that, they will ask your feedback regarding your experience with their scooter service. Always remember that feedbacks are for service improvements and has nothing to do against you.

Check the electric scooter safety tips for more.

Riding Electric Scooter Essentials

  • Be 18+ years old.
  • Ride safely. Don’t wear headphones, earphones, look at your phone, or do any other kind of distracting behavior that could take your attention away from the traffic at hand. Check the Safe riding tips for more info.
  • Never ride or park on sidewalks. It is dangerous. Keep them safe for pedestrians. Keep in mind to park according to the rules in the city.
  • Wear reflective gear when riding at night and in low visibility For example, snowy, foggy weather.
  • Don’t drink, eat, and ride. These put you and others at risk.

Remember to always respect the local laws too to ensure you’re following all the rules. As a consequence, if you don’t follow the rules, you run the risk of being charged both legal and administrative fines.

The general rules: To drive an electric scooter you must be at least 14 years old and guided with an adult. Until 18 the helmet is compulsory. The usage of the electric scooter is limited to one person per scooter.

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