The controversial Lime e-bike pilot in the City of Bellevue has not worked out as planned, and Lime will be removing the 400 or so e-bikes from city streets in the coming months.
The pilot originally launched in July 2018 and was supposed to help reduce congestion and encourage more e-bike use in the downtown core. Unfortunately, as many can attest, lack of use, e-bike dumping and safety issues with the program have contributed to its ultimate demise.
The City reports on its website that about 40,000 trips were taken by 9,000 people, which equates to about 90 rides per day for the 15-month pilot. The lack of riders, despite e-bike availability, certainly was a factor in determining the success and viability of the program.