How Does Lime Bike Work? What to Know Before You Rent

Ever since Airbnb and other sharing services emerge in the market and was warmly accepted by the public, a lot of companies started to look for other services and products that can also be shared to match the need of many people. And among the many sharing services that were put up, LimeBike is one of those that is gaining popularity due to the convenient traveling purposes it provides.

The LimeBike is considered one of the greenest ways to travel across and around the city because it does not burn fuel, safe for the environment, and promotes good health. To better grasp the idea of Lime Bike and its purpose, here’s a short guide that will enable you to know what this “green” bike is all about.

What is LimeBike?

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON STATE, USA - JUNE 2018 Row of bicycles for hire parked in their doking stations as part of the LimeBike rental program

LimeBike, now popularly known as Lime, is a transportation sharing program that operates in various countries including Singapore, Canada, Australia, and France. Some college campuses in the United States adopt this transportation program to help students get around their schools at a minimal fee, where each rent costs $1.00 for unlocking and $0.15 per minute use. Big cities in the US who adopted this program with an aim to a greener environment are Chicago, Seattle, New York, and Dallas.

Lime bikes and scooters can be rented through an app that can be downloaded in your Playstore or AppStore. You simply open the app and scan-search for the nearest Lime bikes and scooters to your area. Afterward, just scan the QR code that can be found at the handlebars or the baseboard of the app. It will automatically unlock and is ready for use.

LimeBikes comes in 4 different types with functionalities depend on your needs. The Limes available for rent are Lime-S, LimeBike, Lime-E, and Limed.

Lime-S Scooters

The Lime-S scooter is an electric scooter. It can travel 15 miles per hour and is powered by an electric motor that supports you, especially when driving uphill.

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The LimeBike is the most basic bike in Lime as it utilized physical strength to travel using an 8-gear pedal. It does not have a motor compared to the Lime-S scooter.


The Lime-E scooter is a combination of Lime-S and LimeBike as you will be assisted by a motor as you pedal uphill to accelerate. It is a bit heavier than LimeBike due to the installation of a motor that will support your acceleration.


The LimePod is a green car that can travel short distances. This type of Lime is available in urban areas. However, in cities like Seattle, this type of service will be removed and will shut down the said service complete by December due to insufficiency on electric fleet partners.

How much does LimeBike cost?

The rental cost for Lime bikes and scooters varies in countries where it is being operated. Lime-S scooters, LimeBike (basic) and Lime-E can be rented thru the Lime app for as low as $1.00 for the unlocking and $0.15 per minute use. LimePods are a bit pricey compared to the bikes, where it cost $1.00 for the unlocking and $0.40 per minute use.

You can rent the bikes through the Lime App, where the mentioned fees are automatically deducted from the available credits in your account. You can reload your Lime App with credits through an automatic charge to your credit card or by simply tapping “Auto-Reload” in one of the options in the app and enter the desired amount you want to reload. If you’re going to use a credit card, it is best to use the Visa type rather than the Mastercard types, especially if you’re renting a Lime bike somewhere in the UK, to avoid any problem.

How to start and end the Lime rental?

If you’re looking for a faster way to reach your destination with a Lime bike or scooter, just simply download and open your Lime App and scan search for the nearest Lime receptacle.

  1. To unlock the bikes/scooter, scan the QR code which is usually found on the handlebars of the bikes.
  2. Once the bike is unlocked, the per-minute charge will start running and is automatically deducted to the available credits in your account.
  3. To end the rental, all you need is to find an accessible location where it won’t block pedestrian or a vehicle that can cause traffic. Push down the locking arm that is connected in the rear wheel to lock the bike.
  4. Once you successfully lock the bike, you will receive a Lime ride summary in your app along with how much was charged for the rental.
Reno, NV, USA 2018-10-27 - Lime bikes ready to ride lined up

What are the Lime safety precautions to remember?

Every vehicle has safety precautions to follow to avoid accidents and damage to the bikes. Certain Lime safety precautions to follow include wearing a helmet, riding the bike/scooter on the bike lane, following traffic rules and be a considerate Lime driver.

Some cities provide a lane for bicycle riders to ensure their safety, so riders are encouraged using them and not the highways to avoid accidents.

What makes Lime different from Uber Bikes and Citi Bikes?

You are probably thinking what Lime, Uber bikes and Citi bikes have in common and why are they are popular these days. The fact of the matter is, Uber bikes and Lime are the same. That’s because Lime is the transportation bike provider of Uber. So if ever you have ridden an Uber bike, you are actually riding a Lime bike in an Uber branding.

On the part of Citibikes, it is the transportation sharing program competitor of Lime which is also available in the aforementioned cities.

Key Takeaways

Lime constantly provides an easier way to commute especially during rush hour in which taking a cab, a bus or catching the train can be daunting. Although you can always walk from work to home, riding a bike allows you to enjoy a cool breeze during hot months and do a little exercise after that long sitting in your office. The rental fee is comparable to that fare you pay every day, but what makes riding Lime a good experience, is you’ll get to see places you’ve missed out while fighting your way to getting a seat on the bus or train or calling a cab during peak hours.