Nottingham e-bike hire scheme set to launch from spring 2023

Posted: 24 November 2022 | | No comments yet

Lime will make 700 dockless e-bikes available to hire from virtual parking bays in key city locations, providing more Nottingham residents and visitors with a safe, convenient and sustainable way to travel.

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Lime has announced that e-bikes will be available to hire in Nottingham from spring 2023 due to an exclusive partnership with Nottingham City Council.

A fleet of up to 700 dockless Lime e-bikes will be available to hire on a pay-as-you-go basis from virtual parking bays in key city locations, enabling more Nottingham residents and visitors to enjoy the benefits that cycling can bring.

E-bikes can help to break down the barriers that stop some people from cycling, including fitness, age and journey length, meaning more people than ever can take to two wheels. They will also provide a safe, convenient and affordable way for residents looking to replace car journeys with more sustainable transport options.

Lime will be launching its latest Gen4 e-bike model, which features:

  • Built-in front and rear lights – with rear lights that brighten when the bike breaks
  • Increased motor power to help riders easily climb hills and re-start their ride when stopped/stationary at red traffic lights or zebra crossings
  • A phone holder, allowing riders to easily navigate and follow directions without having to stop and check directions
  • A modular design, extending the useable life of the vehicle to five plus years
  • Built-in baskets to help people carry shopping or bags
  • Range of 64km with batteries monitored by Lime so they can be charged when they run low.

The dockless e-bikes will be available for hire via the Lime app, which can be downloaded on Apple or Android smartphones, via the App store or Google Play. The e-bikes will work only within Nottingham City Council boundaries.

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Councillor Audra Wynter said: “As we face a global climate emergency, it’s more important than ever that our residents have access to more sustainable ways to travel. I’m delighted that we’ll be welcoming e-bikes to Nottingham through this new partnership with Lime. E-bikes are fun to use and will make shorter trips easier, helping riders cover so much more ground than on foot.”

Hal Stevenson, Senior Public Affairs Manager for Lime in the UK, said: “We are delighted to be launching our e-bikes in Nottingham next year. Our new service will offer residents and visitors an active and sustainable travel option to get around the city. We look forward to working closely with Nottingham City Council to successfully deliver the scheme and support their wider plans to install more cycling infrastructure and reduce local reliance upon cars.”

Lime will offer 50 per cent off the cost of e-bike rides for lower income residents via its Lime Access programme. The programme provides eligible riders – including existing concession pass holders, key workers, students and job seekers – with unlimited discounts with Lime, helping them to get where they need to go in a safe, sustainable and affordable way.

Users will be required to park the e-bikes at a number of designated e-bike parking bays, which will be located around the city.