Lime, a micromobility provider, brought a fleet of 200 electric shared bicycles to Charleston, South Carolina. Key partners alongside Lime include the City of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC Health). Users ages 18 and over can borrow these bicycles at a standard cost of $1 plus $0.39 per minute. Lime also allows lower-income customers to borrow the bikes at a 70% discount through its Lime Access program. With the electric pedal-assist feature, the bicycles can move up to 20 miles per hour.
The City of Charleston opted to contract with Lime for its bikeshare program after discontinuing Holy Spokes bikeshare. Lime’s expansion into Charleston will only include e-bikes and not e-scooters. Previously, Lime previously provided e-scooters to Charleston through a pilot. Lime’s presence in Charleston can hopefully bolster active transportation in the area in the near and long term.