The City of Ithaca, with the support of Bike Walk Tompkins, has invited Lime, a private bikeshare operator, to set up Ithaca's community-wide bikeshare system with 250+ easy-to-borrow bikes. The bikes can be borrowed 24/7 by downloading the free Lime app on your smartphone (Android or iOS). Lime-E pedal-assist electric bikes are $1 to unlock plus 15¢ per minute, while pedal bikes are $1 per 30 minutes. A discounted plan is available for income-eligible individuals. Electric Lime-S scooters are not currently available in Ithaca.
How to Get Started
Download the Lime app on your smartphone
For iPhones, click here to go to the App Store
For Android phones (ex. Samsung), click here to go to the Google Play Store
For regular cellphones, click here for details on how to register for Lime Access
Open the app and register using your phone number or Facebook profile
Allow Location Services and, later on, Camera Access so you can find and scan the bikes
Add a payment method when prompted, such as a credit or debit card
By default, Lime will charge the card at the end of the ride automatically.
You can add money to a “Wallet” by finding it in the profile menu (top left)
If you can only pay by cash, click here for details on how to register for Lime Access
How to Use
Unlock a bike by hitting the big "Scan to Ride" button on the app and scanning the QR code behind the bike that you want
Ride wherever you need to go
Feel free to take one-way rides, no need to "bring back" the bike
Ride safely and follow the rules of the road. Need a refresher? Check out our #RideSafeDriveSafe campaign.
Free helmets are available at the Bike Walk Tompkins office at 315 N Aurora St during business hours (Mon-Fri 12-5 PM) while supplies last
Park the bike using common sense 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
DO NOT park in a way that would inconvenience people walking, particularly people on wheelchairs (e.g. do not park on an access ramp)
Your card will be charged at the end of your trip
Lime Account or Maintenance Questions
Visit the Lime help page at www.li.me/help
Call the Lime 24/7 support line at 1-888-LIME-345
Questions about bicycling in Ithaca
Email Hector at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Bike Walk Tompkins at 607-301-3181 ext. 1