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Bring Lime Bikes to Grand Rapids

Lime Bikes is zero cost to the city and is popping up across the US. Why invent a new bike share system when we can use an existing one?

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While traveling to Reno, NV for Interbike just last week, I learned of a bike share system called Lime Bikes, which was being used across the city. Lime Bikes is an app that you can download on your smart phone and use to unlock and use a bike to get around the city. The app is unique because it is cheaper than other bike share programs Grand Rapids has had, you can use the app to find the closest available bike, you can also use the app to sound an alarm to help you find the bike! Locks are integrated into the bikes, and users must follow rules: i.e. wear a helmet, use arm signals, park in correct areas, and users must be 18 years of age of accompanied by a legal guardian. Pedal bikes, scooters, and electric-assist bikes are available.

Sure, we could invent our own bike share program, but it would be easiest to piggy-back off of a proven, existing company! Bring Lime bikes to Grand Rapids!

How much does Lime cost?

Lime Pedal Bikes

  • Lime classic pedal bikes cost just $1 to unlock and $0.05/minute to ride. Students, faculty and staff with a valid ".EDU" e-mail address, receive a 50% discount.

Lime-E Electric Assist Bikes

  • Lime-E costs just $1 to unlock + a small fee per minute to ride (only $.15 per minute in most areas).

Lime-S Electric Scooters

  • Lime-S costs just $1 to unlock + a small fee per minute to ride (only $.15 per minute in most areas).


  • LimePrime costs $29.95 per month and includes $100 in ride credits for use on Lime Classic Pedal Bikes only.
  • LimePrime Students is $14.95 per month and includes 100 ride credits, with a valid ".EDU" email address. Students, faculty and staff all qualify.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Tourists, visitors, college kids, commuters, every day riders, locals, anyone!

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

I am not affiliated with Lime Bikes, I just learned of their system recently. I am not sure who would locally take care of the bikes when they need repair, but I saw that they worked decently and was impressed with their system.

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Funding Request

  • $75,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

My husband and I both have bike shop experience, I previously managed a shop in town and my husband has over 18 years worth of bicycle mechanic experience. If we were able to bring LimeBikes to Grand Rapids, I propose that the two of us would help build, maintain, and over-see the bikes in town for the first year if LimeBikes allow. We work great at a team, and I believe we could work well with LimeBikes.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

More butts on bikes!


Join the conversation:

Photo of Kristin McBurney Bennett

Hey Jill, the City of GR has a bike share feasibility plan online if you're interested - it's Appendix G of the draft Bicycle Action Plan (

There are other vendors besides Lime in the market that should be considered but bike share was definitely positively received when I did the public outreach last summer and fall for the plan. Stay tuned!

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