LimeBike, the nation’s leading dockless bike-sharing service, rolls into Imperial Beach today with a pilot program aimed at providing the community with convenient and affordable access to urban mobility. Last night, the city council of Imperial Beach voted to grant LimeBike permission to deploy, making LimeBike the first major dockless bike sharing service to enter the Southern California market.
Imperial Beach is LimeBike’s eighth city launch, and the company’s first entry into Southern California. The team at LimeBike spent months collaborating with the city’s key stakeholders, businesses and major bike coalitions to design a dockless bikeshare plan for the diverse Imperial Beach community.
Unlike the traditional station-based bike share systems that are expensive for cities to implement and expensive to the riders, LimeBike operates independently and does not require deposit fees or membership fees of riders. The company’s pay-as-you-go rides cost just $1.00, or 50 cents for students, for a 30-minute ride. As with all other cities, LimeBike will hire a local on-the-ground operations team to manage the system and respond to customer inquiries.
LimeBike just completed its first month in Seattle, its first major metropolitan city, and has seen over 50,000 rides to-date. Since launching in June on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus, LimeBike is collectively across 16 markets, including eight college campus, has generated over a quarter million trips, and has more than 150,000 registered users. LimeBike became the nation's leading dockless bike-sharing service provider by working collaboratively with city officials and the local community.
All bright green LimeBikes are GPS and 3G-enabled, making it simple for riders to find, unlock and pick up a nearby bike using the iOS or Android smartphone app. When their ride is finished, riders simply lock the bike's back wheel and responsibly park between the pedestrian-designated sidewalk and the street curb, or at a bike rack.
LimeBike is the first dockless smart bike share to launch in North America, currently operating in Dallas, Texas, Seattle, Washington; Greensboro, North Carolina; South Bend, Indiana; Key Biscayne, Florida; South Lake Tahoe, California; South San Francisco, California, and with other cities to follow.