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LIME LAUNCHES BIKESHARE PILOT IN HARTFORD

LIME LAUNCHES BIKESHARE PILOT IN HARTFORD

HARTFORD, CONN (June 6, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Lime, a leading U.S. smart mobility company, is officially launching a bikeshare pilot program in Hartford.  Lime provides affordable, dock-free pedal bikes to cities and college campuses across the United States, and Hartford will be their first city in Connecticut.  Lime is coming to Hartford at no cost to the city.

“Bringing this bikeshare pilot program to Hartford is part of our overall effort to make Hartford a more accessible, bike-friendly city – and also a greener, more sustainable city,” said Mayor Bronin.  “LikeBikes will make it easy to get around Hartford quickly and conveniently, and I’m excited for Lime’s launch here in Hartford.”

Lime will be placing 300 of their bicycles throughout Hartford today and tomorrow, initially stationing them at hot spots they’ve identified across the city.  Residents can download the Lime app, pick up a bike, ride at a rate of $1 for every 30 minutes, and lock and leave the bike anywhere for someone else to pick up.  All LimeBikes are GPS and 3-G enabled, allowing riders to find nearby bikes using the app.  Watch a tutorial here.

“Lime will dramatically increase Hartford’s access to affordable, sustainable mobility,” said Darrin Rees, Lime’s Hartford Operations Manager. “As a Hartford resident for nearly 22 years, I have seen a lot of changes to the City over time, but I am extremely excited about this change that will have such a positive impact on the community. I look forward to continuing our work with the City and the local Lime team to ensure a successful and equitable program.”  

The Lime Access program, which includes a text-to-unlock feature and discounted rates, is available for residents without smartphones and who are enrolled in a state or federal assistance programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  Lime Access members can purchase 100, 30-minute rides for just $5.  

In recent years, the City of Hartford has been a leader in regional efforts to improve bike infrastructure, bike policy and education, and affordable access to bikes.  In 2016, the City adopted an award-winning zoning code that required bicycle parking, commuter showers for large office buildings, and street profiles that incorporated bike lanes.  Later that year, the City Council adopted a Complete Streets policy, which enables and requires streets designed, operated, and maintained to ensure safe travel for users of all ages and abilities, whether they are walking, bicycling, driving, or taking transit.

Mayor Bronin has designated a Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, who convenes a monthly Complete Streets Working Group, made up of City staff, regional officials, nonprofits, and private entities.  This group works with the City’s Office of Sustainability to achieve the transportation-related goals of Hartford’s Climate Action Plan, online at www.hartford.gov/climate.   For its efforts, Hartford has been named a Bike-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists and has received state and federal funding for new bike trails, safety initiatives, and other programs.  

About Lime

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 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, CA. Learn more at limebike.com.

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