Have you been noticing a wave of bright green bikes parked around town or whizzing down the streets of South Lake Tahoe? This is not just newest hipster bike trend–it’s LimeBikes!
LimeBikes are a bike sharing network company based out California. The idea is to have bikes available to all community members to ride around various areas for a small price, without having to check the bikes into a stationary location.
LimeBike App on Iphone
How does it work? A LimeBike trip requires three items: a bike, your body, and a smartphone app. You download the app, use it to locate a LimeBike bicycle, scan the QR code on the bike with your phone to unlock it, and hop on your ride. After you’re done riding, lock the rear wheel into place, leave the bike, and go about your next adventure.
Watch the LimeBike official video on how this process works: https://www.limebike.com/#lime
How much does it cost and how do you pay? The bikes are currently $1 for every half hour or less ride. Within the app, load money into your account using your credit card information. You can load a little money or a lot of money. If you anticipate many rides and load more money onto your account, you may be able to earn discounts or free rides. If you do not end up riding very much, the deposits are refundable. Good news: your first ride anywhere is free–the best price!
Where can you leave your LimeBike? You can leave it in any safe location. LimeBike.com suggests “places that don’t block car traffic, impede pedestrian access, or encroach on private property. ”
Need more information? Just ask a LimeBike rep around town! There are 200 bikes in the South Lake Tahoe area, and LimeBike representatives are riding a handful of those throughout the city in order to promote the idea. You can spot them with a LimeBike backpack or other brand gear.
The LimeBike bicycles are fixed-gear bikes, which means you won’t have gears to shift. They also do not come with helmets. If you are looking for a helmet to rent, a bike that can handle an incline or rocky ridge, or a bike mechanic, then please visit one of South Lake Tahoe’s phenomenal local bike shops:
The bikes are currently on a trial basis in SLT, and they will be disappearing in October once the weather starts to cool, so don’t miss the opportunity to try out a LimeBike today. It is time to reduce car traffic and increase cycling adventures around South Lake Tahoe. Download the app and start riding today!
Featured image by Kate Arnold at Lakeview Commons.