Limebike pulling bikes out of Rockford

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Lime, the company formerly known as the ride-sharing bicycle service LimeBike, is terminating its agreement with Rockford.

Lime is a dock-free, bike sharing program that uses a fleet of GPS and 3G enabled bikes that riders can find via their smartphone, unlock for a fee, and ride. When the ride is finished, riders can park their bike by the curb or at a bike rack, and end the ride with the Lime mobile app.

The company is getting out of the pedal bike market and changing their business model in favor of motorized bikes and scooters.

A Lime spokesperson said, “Our mission is to provide communities with safe, sustainable, convenient transportation options, and we are constantly looking to improve the way riders move throughout their cities. We remain hopeful we can revisit this with Rockford in the future and are open to finding a long-term partnership tailored to the needs of their citizens.”

Lime is also ending its program in Loves Park, Machesney Park and Belvidere.

Lime rolled out its Rockford service in April 2018 with 500 bikes.

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