LimeBike is First Dockless Bike Share to Launch in Southern California with Imperial Beach

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Dockless bike share comes to the beach community, with plans to expand into additional San Diego neighborhoods soon

LimeBike, the nation’s leading dockless bike-sharing service, rolls into Imperial Beach today with a pilot program aimed at providing the community with convenient and affordable access to urban mobility. Last night, the city council of Imperial Beach voted to grant LimeBike permission to deploy, making LimeBike the first major dockless bike sharing service to enter the Southern California market.

“The city of Imperial Beach is well-positioned to lead the smart transportation revolution in Southern California, and we are excited to partner with a such forward-thinking community,” said Toby Sun, CEO and co-founder of LimeBike. “Whether you’re cruising the Silver Strand or heading to the pier, there’ll be a LimeBike available. We look forward to expanding into other communities in the San Diego area.”

Imperial Beach is LimeBike’s eighth city launch, and the company’s first entry into Southern California. The team at LimeBike spent months collaborating with the city’s key stakeholders, businesses and major bike coalitions to design a dockless bikeshare plan for the diverse Imperial Beach community.

“Bikes have always been a part of Imperial Beach culture,” said Mayor Serge Dedina. “As the first Southern California town to partner with LimeBike on a launch, Imperial Beach will offer locals and tourists more options for mobility along the beach and around town through dockless bike sharing. The bikeshare service is part of Imperial Beach’s mission to provide more accessible, affordable, and greener transportation alternatives to our community.”

Unlike the traditional station-based bike share systems that are expensive for cities to implement and expensive to the riders, LimeBike operates independently and does not require deposit fees or membership fees of riders. The company’s pay-as-you-go rides cost just $1.00, or 50 cents for students, for a 30-minute ride. As with all other cities, LimeBike will hire a local on-the-ground operations team to manage the system and respond to customer inquiries.

LimeBike just completed its first month in Seattle, its first major metropolitan city, and has seen over 50,000 rides to-date. Since launching in June on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus, LimeBike is collectively across 16 markets, including eight college campus, has generated over a quarter million trips, and has more than 150,000 registered users. LimeBike became the nation's leading dockless bike-sharing service provider by working collaboratively with city officials and the local community.

All bright green LimeBikes are GPS and 3G-enabled, making it simple for riders to find, unlock and pick up a nearby bike using the iOS or Android smartphone app. When their ride is finished, riders simply lock the bike's back wheel and responsibly park between the pedestrian-designated sidewalk and the street curb, or at a bike rack.

LimeBike is the first dockless smart bike share to launch in North America, currently operating in Dallas, Texas, Seattle, Washington; Greensboro, North Carolina; South Bend, Indiana; Key Biscayne, Florida; South Lake Tahoe, California; South San Francisco, California, and with other cities to follow. LimeBike is also having its ongoing communication and community outreach efforts with the neighboring city of Coronado.

For more information, please visit http://www.limebike.com.

The LimeBike press kit and photos of LimeBike in San Diego can be found here.

For a video of LimeBike in action, click here.

About LimeBike
LimeBike aims to revolutionize 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 that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, LimeBike will dramatically improve urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders. Funded by Silicon Valley's leading VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, LimeBike is based in San Mateo, CA. Learn more at limebike.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jack Song
Jack.Song(at)limebike.com
(415)889-7132

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