Lime given permit to bring e-bikes to city

Photo: Newsline
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The company that introduced shared electric scooters to Christchurch is now bringing electric bikes to the city.

Christchurch City Council has given Lime Technology a permit to operate up to 200 e-bikes in the city until the end of August 2021.

Lime is going to start with an initial fleet of 100 e-bikes, which will be available for hire starting next week.

Said city councillor Mike Davidson: “E-scooters have changed the way that many people move around the city. We are keen to see what impact a shared e-bike service might have on travel patterns.

“We expect the e-bikes will be popular with people wanting to travel further distances or go up the hills.

“Giving Lime a permit to operate its shared e-bikes here on a trial basis gives us a chance to assess how such a service might fit into our transport network in the long-term.

“E-bikes are soaring in popularity worldwide. They are an environmentally-friendly form of transport that could help us reduce congestion on our roads and lower carbon emissions, so it is a travel option we want to investigate thoroughly,’’ he said.

Lime New Zealand public affairs manager Lauren Mentjox said the company is excited to be able to bring its shared e-bike service to Christchurch.

“Christchurch people really embraced e-scooters and we are hoping they will be equally keen to make use of e-bikes. With both e-scooters and e-bikes available for hire around the city, it will be really easy for people to move around and get to the places that they want to go.’’

E-bike users will need to comply with the usual road rules for biking and will need to park out of the main thoroughfares on footpaths, as with e-scooters.

Lime’s e-bikes will be available for hire on both the Lime and Uber apps. 

Features of Lime’s e-bikes:

  • Electric pedal assist
  • A 30-60km range
  • QR codes to unlock the e-bike quickly
  • Swappable lithium-ion batteries
  • Retractable cable lock
  • Front and rear LED lights



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