Leading ride-sharing firm Lime will roll-out its dockless e-bikes in Nottingham next spring thanks to a new partnership with Nottingham City Council.
A fleet of up to 700 Gen4 e-bikes will be available to hire on a pay-as-you-go basis from virtual parking bays across the city, which Lime says will allow Nottingham residents to “enjoy the benefits that cycling can bring”.
Lime rental e-bikes are currently available to rent in a number of London boroughs in Brent, Camden, the CIty of London, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington and Richmond-upon-Thames.
The firm has recently come under scrutiny after Wandsworth Council - a borough which isn’t part of the scheme - said the firm needed to do more to clamp down on machines that had been parked badly causing obstructions.
Once available in Nottingham, the e-bikes can be rented through the Lime app, costing £1 to unlock and then 17p per minute. The e-bikes will only work within the Nottingham City Council boundary.
“Our new service will offer residents and visitors an active and sustainable travel option to get around the city,” said Lime’s senior public affairs manager, Hal Stevenson.
“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.”
The e-bike and e-scooter rental firm says it will offer 50% off the cost of e-bike rides for lower income residents via its Lime Access programme, which gives eligible riders unlimited discounts with Lime.