Lime Access in Ithaca

Bike Walk Tompkins and Lime are happy to announce Lime Access, a program that provides access to LimeBikes for people without smartphones, bank cards, or people who live in a low income household. Lime Access users can text-to-unlock bikes, pay in cash, and receive a 95% discount on pedal bikes and 50% discount on Lime-E. Regardless of the method chosen, activation of Lime Access may take up to 2 business days.

In-Person Registration

Visit our offices at 315 N Aurora St in Ithaca during business hours (Mon-Fri 12-5 PM). Please bring a photo ID, your payment of $5 or more, and – if applicable – proof of low income status such as an EBT card.

Online Registration

Email with the following information. (Please note: by emailing the Access team, users affirm that they have read and agree to Lime's User Agreement and Privacy Policy). A Lime representative will get back to you within 2 business days with any next steps and further information.

  1. Full Name

  2. Phone Number (this number should be for the phone you plan to use for LimeBike)

  3. Valid government-issued photo ID

  4. Proof of low income status (e.g. EBT card, discounted utility bill, or any other state or federally-run assistance program document)

Once qualified for Lime Access, you will receive instructions to request a PayNearMe payment code. To complete payment:

  1. Take your PayNearMe payment code to a participating payment location

    • Currently, the CVS on S Meadow St is the only PayNearMe location in Ithaca

  2. Show the payment code to the clerk and pay with cash

  3. Keep your receipt as proof of payment

Off-Site Registration

Lime Access registration is often available at events that we participate in. Come to our table at the events in our event calendar on Facebook and ask to sign up for Lime Access.

If you have an event or group of people that would benefit from Lime Access, we can also come to you. Email for more details.

Note: This option is not appropriate for group bicycle rides due to the delay between registration and activation. To arrange a group ride, we suggest contacting one of our local bike rental shops.