Several shared micro-mobility device operators offer options for renting their devices without needing a smartphone and at reduced rates:
Bird offers a Text-to-Ride feature allowing users who lack smartphones to rent scooters through texts. Also, their One Bird program waives the $1 unlocking fee. Individuals can enroll by emailing One@Bird.co with their name, phone number and any document showing they’ve qualified for a state or federal assistance program (including, but not limited to, Medicaid, SNAP or discounted utility bills).
Helbiz Access offers unlimited free rides up to 30 minutes for Arlington residents with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal poverty line or receiving assistance (i.e. ERAP, SNAP, TANF or WIC). For riders longer than 30 minutes, Helbiz will waive the $1 unlock fee and provide a discounted rate of $0.07 per minute. To enroll, fill out this form. For general questions, email email@example.com.
Lime Access offers a 50% discount on Lime rides ($0.50 unlocking fee, $0.07 a minute vs. $1 and $0.15), text-to-unlock options and cash payment options at PayNearMe locations throughout the country. Visit Lime’s website for details.
Spin Access offers a 50% discount on all rides for any individual who demonstrates they are enrolled in a local, state or federal benefits program. Individuals do not need a smartphone to unlock a Spin device under the Spin Access program. Visit Spin’s website for details.