LimeBike is officially in service in the Reno-Sparks area, as part of a regional effort to enhance mobility in the Truckee Meadows region.
Five local entities — the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, University of Nevada, Reno and Washoe County — launched a regional pilot program to test dock-free bikeshare throughout the community.
Riders use a phone app to pay $1 per half hour, with students and seniors paying half that. Anyone with a smart phone can download the app and scan the QR code on the back of the bike to unlock and ride.
Bicycles will be placed around Reno-Sparks throughout the week. The University of Nevada, Reno will receive bikes next week. There will eventually be 1,000 bikes in the pilot program.
In other cities with LimeBike, it's raised concerns about bikes being thrown randomly to the side, or left in the way. However, LimeBike City Launcher, Cesar Cardona, says employees will monitor the serviced area, 24/7. Cardona says, "They will be consistently driving around, picking up bikes and balancing them, to make sure we abide by the city's regulations."
After the yearlong pilot program, officials will evaluate the service to see where it fits best in the community and what areas may need improvements.
If you'd like to learn more about the bikes and how to use them, visit LimeBike's website, here.