Lime, a shared e-scooter and e-bike operator, has today [14 April 2023] launched a new fleet of rental e-bikes in Nottingham, which residents can now access.
The scheme was set up in partnership with Nottingham City Council, with rental stations being placed at ‘key locations’ across the city.
According to Lime, a similar e-bike scheme is also launching in Derby in the coming weeks, which the company says indicates a growing appetite across the country for a move away from private vehicles.
Alice Pleasant, public affairs manager at Lime, said: “Expanding our e-bike service into Nottingham is a key step in our ambition to give cities nationwide the tools to transition away from cars and meet their net zero targets.
“Lime’s e-bikes have become a popular addition to the streets of London, and in partnership with Nottingham City Council, we hope to see more and more people adopting alternative transport methods.”
So far, the micromobility company has leased electric vehicles (EVs) in London, Milton Keynes and Salford.
Alex Flint, CEO of Nottingham Business Improvement District, said: “Championing sustainable ways to access Nottingham city centre, to shop and socialise, or to visit and enjoy the city’s open and green spaces, is important to Nottingham Business Improvement District, so we’re very excited to see the new generation of Lime e-bikes arriving in the city.
“Nottingham already has a strong track record of providing environmentally friendly transport, including the large gas bus fleet, and extensive tram network, and we anticipate that local residents and visitors will enjoy using these new vehicles as practical, and green, ways to discover or commute into the city.”
Nottingham residents will be able to hire the most recent Gen4 e-bike model from Lime, which is available for hire through the Lime app.
As with other cities, riders will need to park the e-bikes at designated parking bays. Lime says it will be working closely with the local authority to ensure the bays are established in appropriate locations for riders and pedestrians alike.
What’s more, as part of the Nottingham launch, Lime is also supporting the Department for Transport’s ‘It’s Everyone’s Journey’ campaign, meaning it will be placing ‘Feel Good Parking’ stickers on the bikes baskets in Nottingham to encourage responsible parking behaviours.