Lime to launch e-bike hire scheme in Derby from spring 2023

Posted: 7 December 2022 | | No comments yet

As part of the initial launch, Lime will roll-out 150 e-bikes in key city locations with a further 400 e-bikes to be introduced at a later stage, giving Derby’s residents access to more affordable and sustainable transport options.

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Lime has announced that it will be launching a new pay-as-you-go e-bike hire scheme in Derby from spring 2023, giving residents greater transport choices within the city.

In total, 550 e-bikes, which are being made available at no cost to Derby City Council, will be operated by Lime. The initial launch will see 150 e-bikes rolled out in key locations, giving citizens access to more affordable travel choices, whilst also reducing pollution and congestion and improving public health. A further 400 e-bikes will be introduced at a later stage.

Derby City Council is planning to re-invest the funding secured from the Department for Transport (DfT), which had initially been allocated to the scheme, to support cycle infrastructure within local communities and popular cycle locations.

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Councillor Steve Hassall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Decarbonisation, Strategic Planning & Transport, said: “I’m thrilled to announce that we will be welcoming this new fleet of e-bikes to Derby through our partnership with Lime. E-bikes are an excellent alternative to shorter car journeys, providing citizens with a clean, convenient and cheaper transport option. This scheme is another step towards our ambition to make electric transport more accessible within Derby and achieve our target to become Carbon Neutral by 2035.”

Hal Stevenson, Senior Public Affairs Manager for Lime in the UK, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our e-bikes to Derby next year (2023). Our new service will offer residents and visitors a new active and sustainable travel option to get around the city. We look forward to working in partnership with Derby City Council, with our scheme supporting their wider plans to install more cycling infrastructure and reduce local reliance upon cars.”

The new scheme in Derby will build upon lessons learnt from previous schemes with increased security and support from local partners. Users will be required to go through an enhanced multi-factor authentication process, uploading a copy of their ID to activate their Lime account and start riding. The scheme will also introduce new technology that can limit the bike’s speed in busy areas.