Micromobility company Lime has partnered with e-cargo and passenger bike service Pedal Me to give Londoners free rides to and from their Covid-19 vaccination appointments.
The ‘Ride to Recovery’ initiative is part of Lime’s wider investment in aid and access programmes during the pandemic. It will provide a code for four free rides for users in the UK capital to travel to jab appointments at any point in 2021.
Londoners will be able to choose whether to use the code to cycle independently to their local centre via a Lime e-bike or use Pedal Me’s passenger bike service. Lime is also in talks to deploy bikes directly at London’s key vaccine centres for patients and staff to use free of charge.
The scheme will also share approved public health information on Covid-19 vaccines though Lime and Pedal Me emails and in-app messages to encourage London users to get the jab.
Furthermore, additional discounts will be provided to support London businesses, with lower rates for rides that end on local high streets to encourage covid-secure footfall to shops and restaurants.
Ben Knowles, CEO of Pedal Me, said: “Our Ride to Recovery initiative demonstrates the critical role e-bikes services can play in keeping people, and cargo, moving in cities.
“We’re excited to be offering this free service in partnership with Lime to help Londoners access vaccinations safely, conveniently and sustainably – helping the capital to recover as we move through the pandemic.”
Ride to Recovery is also live in Milton Keynes and Salford.