Wandsworth Council has recently begun seizing dockless Lime e-bikes that it feels have been parked ‘unacceptably’ on roads and pavements in the borough, where US firm Lime does not officially operate. That follows a similar crackdown by Westminster Council earlier this year.
Lime urges riders to think of their Gran
Lime recently launched a new advertising campaign to encourage its users to ‘Park Like Your Gran is Watching’, urging riders to think considerately when it comes time to end their journeys.The firm has created digital billboards featuring locally recruited ‘London grans’, which will be shown in high footfall areas of the capital.
Lime will also use legal fly-posters in Camden Town and Shoreditch High Street, along with clean pavement stencilling in other locations including Bank and King’s Cross. The firm has also set-up a special website with guidance on correct e-bike parking.
Hal Stevenson, Lime UK’s public affairs manager, said: “The majority of our riders park responsibly, but for the minority that don’t, we know that education is key. This campaign is all about raising awareness of what good parking looks like to help people end their rides responsibly and safely.”
Lime has also increased its foot patrol team by 50 per cent, and is issuing fines ranging from £2 to £20 to riders who park irresponsibly. It added that repeat offenders face being permanently banned.
HumanForest to offer free rides if you spot good e-bike parking
British e-bike rental firm HumanForest has launched a new ‘tidy parking’ campaign that will reward users with free rides, with the aim of raising parking standards across the shared mobility sector.
Members of the public can send in a photo of a responsibly parked e-bike – belonging to any rental company – to gain 10 minutes of free riding on a HumanForest e-bike. The firm already makes the first 10 minutes of riding each day free.
HumanForest has also launched a ‘Forest Guardian’ scheme, with people who will visit the busiest areas to enforce the firm’s parking rules. HumanForest operates a ‘virtual’ parking bay system, with zones where riders can end a journey free of charge. Riders who leave a bike elsewhere are charged £1.50 extra, and anyone who leave a bike outside of the boroughs in which HumanForest operates faces a larger fine.
Caroline Seton, HumanForest’s co-founder and head of growth, said: “We are determined to raise parking standards in London and ensure that a shift towards sustainable, active travel is positive and inclusive.”