Latest News | 25 April 2023

New e-bikes scheme launches in city centre

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A new e-bikes scheme has been launched in the city centre in partnership with Derby City Council.

Lime, which is the world’s largest shared e-scooter and e-bike operator, has launched a fleet of rental e-bikes in the city, as it looks to encourage more residents to embrace sustainable and affordable transport options.

It follows a successful launch of Lime’s electric vehicles in London, Milton Keynes and Salford, and the recent similar e-bike launch in Nottingham.

Residents will be able to hire the shared e-bikes. Which will be gradually introduced to the city in a phased approach, beginning across a specific area of the city centre.

Users will have access to Lime’s latest Gen4 e-bike model, available for hire via the Lime app.

Users will be required to park the e-bikes at mandatory parking zones located around the city.

Meanwhile, the city council is planning to re-invest the funding secured from the Department for Transport, initially allocated to the scheme, to support cycle infrastructure within local communities and popular cycle locations.

Verna Bayliss, the city council’s director of planning, transportation and engineering, said: “We’re really excited to welcome Lime and their fleet of e-bikes to Derby.

“E-bikes are a brilliant alternative travel option, providing citizens with a clean, convenient and cheaper way to travel.

“The launch of the e-bike service takes us another step closer to towards our goal to become carbon neutral by 2035 and provide citizens with a greater range of transport options.

“Our teams have worked closely with Lime to bring the e-bikes to key locations within the city while also making sure that they will be properly parked and used safely.”

Alice Pleasant, public affairs manager at Lime, said: “At Lime, we are on a mission to provide people across the nation with the tools they need to transition away from using cars.

“By launching our e-bike service in Derby, we become one step closer to meeting net zero targets, while providing residents with alternative methods of sustainable transport.

“We hope, as the scheme develops, to see more people around the country adopting Lime’s vehicles and enjoying the benefits that cycling can bring.”

More information about the Derby e-bike scheme can be found here .

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