LimeBike Debuts in Golden Valley
The lime is here. California-based LimeBike has begun rolling out its long-awaited dockless bike sharing service in the suburbs. Fifty LimeBikes are now available in the city of Golden Valley, which is one of the first cities along with Edina to agree to roll them out. There is no cost to the cities.
Now that the LimeBikes are here, elected officials want you to ride them “to the moon and back.”
“This is helping people not only be active, but it’s helping with that last mile,” explains Mayor Shep Harris. “Whether they are without a car, or the bus line only gets you so far, or the light rail only gets you so far, you can take that bike anywhere.”
And by anywhere, he means anywhere. LimeBike users could ride to a Twins game or anywhere outside the city and leave the bike wherever you go.
LimeBike Rollout Took Longer Than Expected
The bikes were supposed to be available in April. However, the company had trouble finding a warehouse to store the bikes. It also had a difficult time finding enough workers to run the operation. Depending on the popularity, LimeBike could eventually roll out up to 200 bikes in Golden Valley.
To find the bikes, you must download the LimeBike app on your smartphone. The cost to use them is $1 per 30 minutes. City officials say the feedback so far has been positive.
“We’ve gotten some good constructive feedback about how to make it even better,” said Harris. “We’re just so excited about this opportunity.”