Lime e-Bike share coming to Christchurch

After a couple of years without our fix of public share-bikes, there is some excitement with the news that Lime are complementing their e-scooter programme in Chch with a fleet of e-bikes for hire as well. The City Council has given Lime Technology a permit to operate up to 200 e-bikes in the city, and they will start by rolling out 100 of them this week (there’s a little bit of a launch event in Cathedral Square on Friday morning).

Some of the Lime e-Bikes recently spotted in Auckland

Lime is already operating these bikes in Auckland; I saw some there a few weeks ago. The bikes were originally operated by Jump (previously owned by Uber), hence their distinctive red (rather than green) look. The bikes have a basket upfront and all of them feature a built-in cable lock and helmet as well.

The pricing will be the same as for the Lime scooters, i.e. $1 to unlock and then 38c per minute of riding. As with the scooters, you find and activate the e-bikes using the same Lime app on your smartphone (Apple or Android).

Scooter/bike parking in Auckland – should we do the same?

It’s great to see public bike share returning to Christchurch again; it will be interesting to see how it goes. As with e-scooters, one concern for many is where the bikes will end up being parked, with the potential to block footpaths. I quite liked in Auckland how they were trialling the creation of bike/scooter parking areas out of the way of footpath through-areas – maybe Christchurch should consider the same?

What do you think of Lime e-bikes coming to Christchurch?



2 thoughts on “Lime e-Bike share coming to Christchurch”

  1. Anything that lowers the barriers to cycling, and encourages people to ride is a good thing.

    But you’re paying for convenience – at $24/hour to ride a Lime it soon racks up the costs. Then again these are ebikes, so its ~65 hours of rental to equal $1500, a basic new ebike cost.

    1. Most people won’t ride for an hour; they’ll use it for a 10-minute connection to/from their nearest bus or to get from one side of central city to the other. And even an hour’s riding (20+ km?) has got be cheaper than the equivalent taxi/Uber fare…

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