Electric bike-sharing company Lime make UK Debut

The electric scooter and bike-sharing company Lime have made their UK debut after launching 50 dockless e-bikes onto the streets of Milton Keynes.

The Uber-backed Californian transportation company, already valued at $1.1bn , has spread across the US, Europe and parts of Australia after launching in 2017.

As demand grows limes intents to double the number of e-bikes available in Milton Keynes with talk indicating the potential launch in another UK city by Christmas.

The bikes which can be located and unlocked via the Lime phone app, will initially be a dockless e-bike scheme. Raising concern with Mobike, another dockless alternative, withdrawing from Manchester following  a high theft rate and vandalism.

Lime has now unleashed their distinctive motorised two-wheeled transport option in Brisbane, however the e-scooter sharing service has been ruled out for now by Department for Transport regulations in the UK amid safety concerns.

The dockless electric scooter service have hit the streets of Brisbane with the  launch of several hundred e-scooters in South Bank and Fortitude Valley with locations set to increase according to demand.

In Sydney, the company is currently trialling bikes rather then scooters due to legal restrictions; however the Queensland Government has given Lime an exemption to laws that otherwise deemed its vehicles illegal.

While Lime still hopes it can introduce e-scooters to Britain in some capacity in the future, for now, its e-bikes will spearhead its move into the UK.

Jaanaki Momaya, Lime’s UK general manager, said the scheme would be “an emission-free, affordable, accessible and convenient way of getting around town”.

Source: Electric bike-sharing company Lime launches in UK
7 Dec 2018