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Inside Bulloch Business: LimeBike debuts rentals at Georgia Southern
DeWayne Grice shows off a LimeBike on the Georgia Southern campus.

On August 18, lime green bikes appeared on Georgia Southern’s Statesboro campus. 

And according to Trip Addison, GSU vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs, “(LimeBike’s) bike share partnership with Georgia Southern allows the bikes to be placed and used on campus, and in return, provides the university with data on utilization by the students. In a shared-use transportation environment that transforms quickly, the university is working to provide our students with desirable transportation options.” 

Addison is pleased with how quickly the LimeBike ridership took off on campus and around town.  

Lime is revolutionizing mobility in cities and colleges nationwide by offering residents a faster, cheaper and healthier alternative transportation option that improves urban sustainability. 

By utilizing modern mobile technology, Lime makes bike sharing universally available and affordable with a dock-free, subsidy-free network never before seen in the USA.

The bicycle has the potential to solve the first and last mile problem in mass transportation – something the USA is currently solving poorly with cabs, car-share and other forms of carbon.

However, in countries like the US, bicycle trips continue to make up only a small fraction of our total trips (1 percent in the US). Part of the challenge is government subsidized bike share networks have expensive parking stations that limit the reach and ridership of the network and increase costs to riders.

By systematically deploying thousands of smart-bikes, enabled with GPS, 3G wireless technology and self-locks, I think Lime will dramatically improve urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper and healthier.

Currently available in more than 80 markets, Lime is the leading U.S. micro-mobility company in the nation. Since first launching in June 2017, riders have logged more than 6 million trips on their electric scooters, electric-assist bikes and classic manual pedal bikes. 

All of Lime’s bikes and scooters are GPS and 3G-enabled, making it simple for riders to find, unlock and pick up a nearby bike using their smartphone. When the ride is finished, riders simply end the ride with the Lime mobile app and responsibly park by the street curb or at a bike rack. 

“Lime is committed to accountability, collaboration and safety. We’re thrilled to partner with Georgia Southern University to bring smart mobility options to campus,” said Megan Huggins, Lime operations manager in Statesboro. “We believe that students will greatly benefit from fast, affordable and convenient options of getting around campus while reducing the University’s carbon footprint.”

At this time, Lime only has plans to introduce manual pedal bikes on the GSU campus. To try out a LimeBike all you do is install the LimeBike app on your phone. It is quick and easy to set up. You can load money onto the app or draft from your Apple Pay.The fee is $1 per 30 minutes. You can simply leave the bike when you are done. The bike will automatically lock and be ready for the next rider. The bikes are hard to miss painted lime green, plus they have a convenient basket great for book bags, groceries or other items. 

The bikes are primarily on campus, but have even been spotted downtown near the Willie McTell Trail. It is a fun, innovative way to introduce low cost ride sharing opportunities to students and the community.

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