The City of Ithaca, with the support of Bike Walk Tompkins, has invited Lime, a private dockless 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). Pedal bikes are $1 per 30 minutes (or portion thereof), and Lime-E pedal-assist electric bikes are $1 to unlock and 15¢ per minute.

NOTE: Bike Walk Tompkins does not operate the Lime system in and around Ithaca. The information below is provided for your convenience. Call or text Lime's 24/7 hotline at 1-888-LIME-345 or visit to contact the Lime support team.

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 "Scan to Ride" button on the app and scanning the QR code behind the LimeBike you want

  2. 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

  3. 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

    • Park only next to public bike racks in university campuses

    • Your card will be charged at the end of your trip


Lime Operations & MAintenance

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