Lime, the US ‘smart-mobility’ startup has partnered with Govia Thameslink Railway to introduce its pay-as-you-go eBike hire service at two London train stations, Essex Road and West Hampstead.
Initially 20 of the dockless bikes will be located at each station. Customers can unlock a bike via the Lime app at a cost of £1 at time and 15p per minute of use. Once you’ve completed your journey you simply park the bike on the street for the next user – the company takes care of collecting and recharging stray bikes, before returning them to the station.
Lime started operating in the UK in 2018 and currently has around 1,000 of its eBikes in London, as well as more in Milton Keynes. In the US the company is better known for its electric scooters, but these are currently illegal on UK roads, so here the focus is on road-legal pedal-assist eBikes.
You can find out more at the Lime UK website.