MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Lime, a bike sharing service, is leaving Mobile just six months after providing its “green” alternative of travel to the city.
The company shortened its original name LimeBike to just Lime to reflect its offering other transportation services like electronic scooters. But it was the scooters that reportedly led to the termination of the contract.
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson released the following statement:
“The City of Mobile embraced the transportation solutions of Lime. Lime has been a great asset in increasing access and ease in mobility and connectivity. Lime wanted to expand their business line to include other modes of transportation but could not do so at this time due to Alabama state law. Lime has asked the City of Mobile to amend its Non-Exclusive License Agreement for Bike Sharing Services in order to terminate the contract for pedal bicycle service. Lime Bike service will continue until mid-March. Although it is unfortunate, we must continue to move forward and seek innovative transportation options to continue to serve our citizens and visitors.”
Lime says it is hopeful the company can come back to the city.
“We truly value our partnership with the entire community of Mobile and it has been a privilege to be able to work with city leaders and serve its residents and visitors. We’ve also learned a great deal about the Mobile community’s desire for more convenient, green transportation options and we are proud of the city for being forward-thinking about micromobility. We are hopeful we can revisit this with Mobile in the future and would welcome the opportunity to find a long-term collaboration tailored to the needs of their citizens.”
Lime Operations Manager
500 bikes were distributed, split between downtown and the University of South Alabama campus.
The service cost $1 per 30 minutes and University riders got a further price break.