Limebike use continues to grow


DaeQuan Fitzgerald

LimeBikes can be left anywhere and do not need to be docked at a specific location.// Photo by DaeQuan Fitzgerald/ The Guilfordian

Since LimeBike’s founding last year, more than 1 million riders have used a LimeBike, according to the company’s year-end report.

LimeBike is a dockless bike-sharing program intended to facilitate transportation on college campuses. On Oct. 11, 2017, LimeBikes were introduced to Guilford at the Meadowfed on the Quad event.

LimeBike’s Greensboro Operations and Logistics Manager Matt Phillips says scooters are the next product to expect from the company.

“We are looking to introduce the Lime-S scooters and Lime-E electric bikes to Guilford soon,” said Phillips.

The Lime-E is an electric-assist bike that has a lithium battery and a 250-watt motor, allowing riders to travel at a maximum speed of 14.8 miles per hour. The bike has a battery life of 62 miles. The LimeBike app, which is needed to ride, allows riders to monitor the battery life of the bikes.

The Lime-S electronic scooter does not require the rider to pedal, has the same maximum speed as the Lime-E at 14.8 miles per hour and has a battery life of 37 miles.

Both the Lime-S and Lime-E cost $1 to unlock, and riders pay an additional 15 cents per minute. Several Lime-E bikes and Lime-S scooters have already been introduced in Greensboro.

As indicated on their year-end report released in December 2017, LimeBike saw 28,000 active riders in the Raleigh/Durham/Greensboro area, who on average traveled .79 miles per ride in just under six minutes.

“Our heat maps show that there has been a lot of usage of the bikes to and from campus to places like Friendly Center and Quaker Village,” said Phillips.

LimeBikes were created with the intention of reducing the carbon footprint of cities across the U.S. The company reported that 28,900 pounds of carbon dioxide were saved as a result of people choosing to use their product.

Currently, the standard LimeBikes can be found across campus. Many students, including senior Jose Lopez Garcia, think that the LimeBikes facilitate campus travel.

“I live in Pope, so the LimeBike is a convenient and faster way to travel around campus,” said Lopez Garcia. “There’s always at least one bike outside.”

However, despite their accessibility, a rider still needs to find a bike that fits them. The LimeBikes come in different sizes, and should a new rider not recognize this, they may end up paying without being able to ride. There are no test rides either, as the bikes sense when they have been moved without being paid for.

“I went to ride a LimeBike, and my feet couldn’t reach the pedals,” said sophomore Sarah Mahlke. “It sucked I couldn’t find a smaller one nearby.”

LimeBike wants to increase usage of their bikes on local campuses. According to LimeBike’s University Brand Manager Joel Kamuabo Chanson, LimeBike will soon hold a sustainability-themed scavenger hunt at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in order to promote bike usage as a transportation alternative.

“LimeBike has allowed me to work with the students on campus and partner with (UNCG’s) Student Government Association,” said Kamuabo Chanson.

Phillips has been proud of LimeBike’s success at Guilford.

“I’ve been really happy with Guilford College,” said Phillips. “I live close by and come by there to check on the bikes. I appreciate how well the bikes are taken care of.”

According to Phillips, in the future, LimeBike will continue expanding and promoting their mission of providing an environmentally-sustainable alternative for easy transportation in the local community.