We were going to use this topic as an attempt to go the extra mile and spin this post it into some really fun bike puns, but we figured they’d fall flat so we decided to put the brakes on it. Oops…guess we spoke too soon.
Seriously, though – have you noticed the new Lime Bike cycles popping up all around the area? A few weeks ago we noticed several clusters throughout parts of downtown Orlando, and over the time since there have been more and more appearing. Seems like they’re now joining the companionship of Orlando’s other bike sharing service.
Here’s a little about Lime Bike directly from their website:
Lime is founded on the simple idea that all communities deserve access to smart, affordable mobility.
Through the equitable distribution of shared scooters, bikes and transit vehicles, we aim to reduce dependence on personal automobiles for short distance transportation and leave future generations with a cleaner, healthier planet.”
Look, we don’t hate it. In fact, we kinda love it. It’s just nother way we can get around easier in The City Beautiful, all while helping make a better carbon footprint. This is one of the things we’ve been lacking as a city for many, many years but are moving forward with vast improvements. That being said, here are a few things we think are worth nothing on the subject as we see it:
It provides additional options for getting around town. Sometimes it seems like such a hassle to hop in the car, get to where we’re going, and then (ack!) have to locate parking.
It ceates a greater sense of community. After all, it’s kinda fun to bike around with a group of friends.
It allows us to connect with nature. Biking is a great way to get a little closer to sights and sounds of nature, and enjoy the amazing weather we so often have here in Central Florida.
The primary con we can think of at the moment is lack of “structure” and organization of bike inventory. We’ve already noticed the bikes being left in really, really random areas (we’re immediately thinking of seeing a clusters parks in a residential driveway located deep in Colonialtown), and in even one instance a couple of bikes were just left face-down on the ground. Seems a tad undependable to use if you don’t know exactly where a bike or bikes can be found.
So how does it work? There are five (5) (well – six if you count the ‘Be Happy’ step) simple steps to using the Lime-E Electric Assist Bike and it’s probably easier to watch rather than have us describe. Take a look:
Now while Lime does have electric scooters (we hear Miami already offers them) we don’t have yet them here in Orlando. Perhaps soon?
FUN FACT: As part of Lime’s product suite, they offer something called the Lime Business Networkm. It provides companies and their staff with Lime’s GPS-enabled smart mobility vehicles as an employment perk. Are you listening, major global companies headquartered here in Central Florida (ahem – Darden, Universal Orlando, Disney)?! They develop plans that empower employees to use Lime for their daily commute and more. Now we realize Orlando is not really a bike-to-work kinda place for many people working at these companies, but it’s still something to think about.
What are your thoughts? Do you think these Lime Bikes are a good addition to the Orlando community? And will you take advantage of them if you haven’t already?