Lime Bikes Roll In to Orlando

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.

Lime-E Electric Assist Bike

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:

Pros
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.

Cons
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?

5 comments

  1. A waste of time and money. Bikes littering random locations, left in front of houses on the sidewalks.

    Never seen one in use yet, same can be said for the Orange bikes.

    I wonder how much these two companies fleeced our government for.

  2. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts, David. While we’ve definitely seen the bikes in use while traveling throughout the city, the points on where they’re located or left are definitely valid.

    Would you mind, if you’d like, expanding on the part about being a wast of time and money?

  3. I live in Baldwin Park and I have seen MANY of these in use and have not seen them left in inappropriate places. I love that they are electric assist which helps make biking more fun for more people.
    I don’t think these bikes fleeced our city government for anything. They don’t require stands bolted to the ground like the orange ones. Of course I am just guessing as I have no direct knowledge of how it works with city governments.
    I think anything that gets more people out of cars and moving their bodies is a good thing!

    • Thanks for the feedback, Adrian. I tend to agree with your thoughts shared here. Candidly, I don’t know much of the “backstory” of how Lime came to be in the Central Florida market. It seems to be well-received by consumers. We shared this article on our Facebook Page and it’s become quite the hot topic, though, with mixed perspectives from both people who use them and local business owners: http://bit.ly/2Am9ChB.

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