Shared micromobility operator Lime has extended its partnership with Ealing Council, as the use of e-bikes continues to boom in the borough.
Lime e-bikes were first launched in West London in 2018, and user numbers continue to rise as the number of e-bike journeys has jumped by 67% this year, compared to the same period in 2021.
Georgia Corr, public policy manager at Lime, said: “Ealing was one of the founding members of London’s micromobility scene. It played a significant role in Lime’s e-bike launch in London over three years ago, as well as our e-scooter launch last year, so it’s no surprise we are delighted to be able to continue working together to offer our e-bike service in the borough. By establishing a strong relationship and service, we’ve successfully encouraged people out of cars and onto more sustainable modes of transport. Lime is set for a record-breaking year in 2022 in London, as more people than ever embrace shared, sustainable transport options in our Capital. Ealing is no exception, with July even set to break the borough’s monthly e-bike ride record as part of our busiest summer yet.”
Through the ongoing partnership, Lime will continue to provide shared e-bikes in the borough, following the launch of its Gen4 e-bikes, which feature increased motor power, a new phone holder, an automatic two-speed transmission, and a modular design to extend the lifespan of the bikes.
Councillor Deirdre Costigan, cabinet member for climate action at Ealing Council said: “Cycling is a great alternative to getting in the car for shorter journeys and by supporting residents to make this positive shift, we will be able to slash the harmful emissions which cause air pollution and contribute to the climate crisis.
“Getting on a bike has also been proven to do great things for mental and physical wellbeing, so choosing two wheels over four can really benefit everyone in the long-term.
“That is why I am delighted that Ealing Council has again worked to boost its provision of dockless e-bike hire in the borough. We want to help local people in all our town centres get quick, easy and cheap access to a bike, whether they use the hire scheme everyday as part of their commute, or just occasionally when it suits them.
“Hundreds of thousands of journeys have already been made by residents using e-bikes since they were launched in the borough and we will continue to work with providers to ensure we build on this success and keep the hire schemes running smoothly.
“The council is investing up to £10 million in active travel schemes to encourage walking, cycling and scooting wherever possible as part of an ambitious programme to tackle the climate crisis and support local people of all ages lead active and healthy lives.”