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Lime will warn you if you cycle too much on the sidewalk

Electric bicycle sharing company Lime are trialling new systems, which warn riders when they're spending too much time on the pavements.

The transport organisation are currently testing the new software in San José, California, which uses on-board sensors to help see where the rider is flouting the rules and then sends them a push notification as a warning.

Nick Shapiro, Lime's Head of Trust and Safety, said in a statement: "We began developing sidewalk detection over a year ago as a commitment to the safety of the communities we quickly became a part of. We know that micromobility can only be successful if riders and communities feel safe, and at Lime, we're dedicated to advancing safety for all."

The system works by detecting what material the bicycle is riding on and then users will be sent a push notification if they spend more than 50 per cent of their ride on a sidewalk.

It is hoped this will also be put on a map in the future to be sent to those who disobey.

EV Ellington, Lime's Northern California General Manager, added: "Lime has been working on sidewalk riding detection since hearing concerns from some city and community partners, and we believe we may have finally cracked the code on this issue and developed a technology that is effective, safe and scalable. We are excited to leverage the data we collect to better understand when and where people are riding on sidewalks. Once we have that data in hand, we can share it with the City of San José and work on potential infrastructure improvements, such as protected bike lanes, to make riders and pedestrians feel safe."

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