ELKHART — LimeBikes were introduced to the city in June and already they’ve made a splash – literally in August after councilman Brian Thomas found three floating in a waterway at High Dive Park in Elkhart – but also recently as LimeBikes announced its end-of-the-year report.
“Being on the smaller side of the communities that we operate in, we’ve been happy with how Lime has been adopted in Elkhart,” Alex Freeman, general manager for Lime in Indiana, said.
Entering the South Bend market just last year, Lime decided to join forces with the city of Elkhart after its rapid success in the larger municipality. Elkhart is one of more than 100 markets in 12 countries and five continents that boasts the Lime bikes or scooters.
The end-of-year report indicates that 30 percent of riders reported that the last trip they took with Lime replaced a car trip. In major urban markets, 20 percent of riders reported using Lime to connect to or from public transportation on their most recent trip,
“We’ve had regular ridership in Elkhart, which has been great,” Freeman said, adding that not surprisingly, “the downtown area and along the Elkhart River has had the most usage.”