The Californian bikeshare company Lime are bringing 200 their Lime-E dockless hire bikes to Croydon, having already launched successfully in Milton Keynes, Islington, Ealing and Brent. The year-long trial starts this month.
Lime only arrived on UK shores in December 2018 with an initial 50 bikes being deployed in Milton Keynes, and they began popping up in London shortly after. They're aiming to offer residents and visitors to the busy south London town of Croydon a greener, healthier way to travel with their latest launch.
The Lime-E is accessed and locked with a mobile app and each one will be fitted with GPS, locks, a bell and front and rear lights and reflectors. The bikes will be distributed at key areas across the borough, and if the trial goes well then Lime say more bikes could be introduced.
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport, said: “Working with Lime will allow us to offer more sustainable transport options for residents. We’re working hard to make greener and more sustainable travel across Croydon easier for everyone.
“We want Croydon to become one of the greenest boroughs in London and bringing a scheme like this into the borough is one of the ways we are trying to achieve this.”
Other efforts by Croydon council to reduce pollution include Schools Streets, bike hangars and electric vehicle charging points.