The City of Ithaca, with the help of Bike Walk Tompkins, has invited Lime, a private dock-free bikeshare operator, to set up Ithaca's community-wide bikeshare system with 200+ easy-to-borrow bikeshare bikes. The bikes can be borrowed 24/7 by downloading the free Lime app on your smartphone (Android or iOS), and they cost $1 per ride of up to 30 mins. Plus, your first ride of up to 30 mins is always free.

How to Get Started

  1. Download the Lime app on your smartphone
  2. Open the app and register using your phone number or Facebook profile
  3. Allow Location Services and, later on, Camera Access so you can find and scan the bikes
  4. Add a payment method, such as a credit or debit card

How to Use

Person looking at LimeBike on phone
  1. Unlock a bike by hitting the big "Ride" button on the app and scanning the QR code behind the LimeBike you want
  2. Ride wherever you need to go: $1/ride of up to 30 mins
    • You are encouraged to take one-way rides, no need to "bring back" the bike
    • If you exceed 30 minutes, you will be charged $1 for every 30-min increment regardless of the number of promotional or free rides you may have
    • Free helmets are available at the Ithaca Carshare office on the lower floor of the Dewitt Mall during business hours (Mon-Fri 12-5 PM) while supplies last
  3. Park the bike and lock it by sliding the wheel lock downwards
    • Don't forget to lock the bike to end your trip!
    • Park next to public bike racks, on the furniture zone of sidewalks (where parking meters or signage would be), or on tree lawns within the City of Ithaca
    • Park only next to public bike racks in university campuses


LimeBike Operations & MAintenance

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