Lime Bike Launches Dock-Free Bikeshare in Winthrop

Thursday, June 21, 2018
By Transcript Staff

Lime, the leading U.S. smart mobility company, will launch dock-free bikeshare on Friday in Winthrop as part of the MAPC regional bikeshare program. Winthrop is the fourth municipality to launch Lime since April. At last Tuesday’s “Hah Bah Day”, Winthrop residents were able to learn and test out Lime bikes.

“Lime is thrilled that Winthrop’s residents and visitors are so eager to hop on our dock-free smart bikes,” said Scott Mullen, Lime director of expansion, New England. “We are excited to provide an accessible, affordable, and active transportation option for everyone to enjoy.”

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) announced on April 13 that Lime was one of the two vendors selected to provide dockless bike share services for 15 participating communities in Metro Boston, including Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Chelsea, Everett, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Needham, Newton, Revere, Waltham, Watertown, and Winthrop.

“Winthrop welcomes Lime Bike,” said David Cressman, Winthrop Town Manager. “Winthrop knows  this service provides our residents and visitors with an opportunity to utilize a transportation service which encourages sustainability of natural resources and provides convenience.  I am hoping that this is the beginning of a long partnership between Lime Bike , our residents and visitors and the Town. Joe Domelowicz, Jr., assistant town manager, should be commended for his work on this project as well as the Metropolitan Planning Commission which assisted the Town.”

“I am very excited to announce the kick off of this very exciting program for the residents of Winthrop,” said Ron Vecchia, Winthrop Town Council president.” This is one of many initiatives we are implementing to improve the quality of life in Winthrop. I would like to thank the assistant Town Manager Joe Domelowicz for his hard work on this project and the members of the town’s Transportation Advisory Committee.”

“We are pleased to facilitate this collaborative regional effort to bring dockless bike share to the 15 participating cities and towns. Interest in bike share among so many communities demonstrates the growing demand for bicycling in the region, and MAPC looks forward to seeing this regional dockless system improve access to cycling, promote active transportation, and foster first mile/last mile connections to transit,” said Marc Draisen, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Lime always seeks to partner closely with cities, colleges and businesses to provide dock-free, subsidy-free, shared smart mobility services, and promote urban mobility for the public. Since launching in June 2017, the company has logged over 3 million trips; expanded to 60 markets and internationally to Europe; and deployed electric scooters, electric-assist bikes, and multiple versions of their standard pedal bike.

Lime provides aggregated, anonymous data to city planning offices to support local biking infrastructure. For example, through Lime’s data, cities with protected bike lanes have been linked to increased bike safety as well as economic opportunities, such as increased business to local retail areas.

Lime is revolutionizing mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with a greener, more efficient, and affordable transportation option that also improves urban sustainability. By partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes and scooters that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, Lime will dramatically improve urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders. Since launching in June 2017, the company has logged over 3 million trips, expanded internationally to Europe, and deployed electric scooters, electric-assist bikes, and multiple models of their standard pedal bike. Funded by Silicon Valley’s leading VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, Lime is based in San Mateo, Calif. Learn more at limebike.com.

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