The Ride to Recovery initiative provides citizens with a code for four free rides to use to travel to and from their jab appointments at any point this year.
Shared e-bike provider Lime and e-cargo and passenger bike service Pedal Me have teamed up to give Londoners free rides to and from their Covid-19 vaccination centres. Together Lime and Pedal Me claim to have over 400,000 users in London.
The Ride to Recovery initiative, which forms part of Lime’s £1m investment in its Lime Aid and Access policies in the UK, provides Londoners with a code for four free rides to use to travel to and from their jab appointments at any point this year.
According to research by Centre for London, more than 40 per cent of London households are without direct access to a car. Lime said Ride to Recovery is aimed at ensuring London’s vaccination centres are easy to reach for everyone, including those who don’t have cars, or have concerns about using public transport at this time.
Individuals can choose whether to use the code to cycle independently to their local centre via a Lime e-bike, or use Pedal Me’s passenger bike service. The code will be provided to all existing Lime and Pedal Me users via email, with all Londoners able to download either app to access the free rides too.
Lime is also in talks to deploy bikes directly at London’s key vaccine centres for patients and staff to use free of charge. The initiative builds on Lime’s pre-existing support for key workers in London, with more than 10,000 free rides already provided to frontline workers in the capital via its Lime Aid policy launched in October 2020.
“Our Ride to Recovery initiative demonstrates the critical role e-bikes services can play in keeping people, and cargo, moving in cities”
Ride to Recovery will also see Lime and Pedal Me use their platforms to share approved public health information on Covid-19 vaccines, using email and in-app messages to help encourage London users to do their bit and get the jab.
“Our Ride to Recovery initiative demonstrates the critical role e-bike services can play in keeping people, and cargo, moving in cities,” said Ben Knowles, CEO and co-founder, Pedal Me. “We’re excited to be offering this free service in partnership with Lime to help Londoners access vaccinations safely, conveniently and sustainably – helping the capital to recover as we move through the pandemic."
Additionally, as the capital begins to open up, Lime will use the Ride to Recovery scheme to support London businesses, discounting rides that end on local highstreets to encourage Covid-secure footfall to shops and restaurants.
Lime has run an e-bike scheme in London for more than two years. Ride to Recovery is also live in Milton Keynes and Salford, where Lime is also running e-scooter trials with over 20,000 users across the two services.
Lime is one of the founding members of the recently launched Micro-Mobility for Europe (MMfE) coalition to create a single voice to help transform urban mobility in Europe.
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