Derby becomes latest UK city to welcome Lime e-bikes
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Posted: 20 April 2023 | Intelligent Transport | No comments yet
In partnership with Derby City Council, Lime’s e-bikes are now available for hire via its app, as part of the city’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2035 and provide citizens with a greater range of transport options.
Lime has announced that it has launched a fleet of rental e-bikes in Derby, as it looks to encourage more UK residents to embrace sustainable and affordable transport options.
The expansion comes at a time when cycling is booming, with 1.5 million people having ridden Lime in the UK since it had launched locally in 2018. It also follows a successful launch of Lime’s electric vehicles in London, Milton Keynes and Salford, and the recent similar e-bike launch in Nottingham.
Launched in partnership with Derby City Council, local residents will be able to hire the shared e-bikes in key city locations and enjoy the benefits that cycling can bring, from improved health to cleaner air. The bikes will be gradually introduced to the city in a phased approach, beginning across a specific area of the city centre.
Alice Pleasant, Public Affairs Manager at Lime, said: “At Lime, we are on a mission to provide people across the nation with the tools they need to transition away from using cars. By launching our e-bike service in Derby, we become one step closer to meeting net zero targets, while providing residents with alternative methods of sustainable transport. We hope, as the scheme develops, to see more people around the country adopting Lime’s vehicles and enjoying the benefits that cycling can bring.”
Derby residents now have access to Lime’s latest Gen4 e-bike model, available for hire via the Lime app. In order to practise responsible parking, users will be required to park the e-bikes at mandatory parking zones located around the city, of which have been agreed in partnership with Derby City Council.
The Council is also planning to re-invest the funding secured from the Department for Transport (DfT), initially allocated to the scheme, to support cycle infrastructure within local communities and popular cycle locations.
Verna Bayliss, Director of Planning, Transportation and Engineering at Derby City Council, said: “We’re really excited to welcome Lime and their fleet of e-bikes to Derby. E-bikes are a brilliant alternative travel option, providing citizens with a clean, convenient and cheaper way to travel around the city centre. The launch of the e-bike service takes us another step closer towards our goal to become carbon neutral by 2035 and provide citizens with a greater range of transport options.”
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