In addition, from now until end of the year, LimeBike will increase its entire fleet size by 40,000 bikes
Dockless bike-share share provider LimeBike is expanding to Europe with an initial consignment of approximately 500 bikes to Frankfurt and Zurich.
The bikes will be deployed in the German and Swiss cities throughout the month of December with an aim of gradually increasing the bike fleet in 2018. Each ride will cost 1 CHF/EUR per 30-minute ride.
The company claims the move makes it the first US-based bicycle-sharing organisation to scale internationally.
“LimeBike is founded on a global vision to impact local communities for the good of all long-term,” says Caen Contee, a founding member of LimeBike, who is leading the international expansion.
“We believe Frankfurt and Zurich are two early-adopter cities in Europe where we can show LimeBike’s unique ability to meet and exceed the standards of both the cities and its residents as well as show lasting change by reducing traffic congestion, pollution and making transportation fun again.”
In addition, from now until end of the year, LimeBike will increase its entire fleet size by 40,000 bikes. To ensure proper maintenance and customer service, LimeBike said it will also increase the size of its field ops teams and roll out new in-app features to help incentivise good riding behaviour relating to biking and parking.
“Built with local teams and the best bike on the market we will use this soft launch to learn how to best serve the market now and prepare for the spring when we’ll grow our prescience,” added Contee.
In addition, LimeBike also announced its one-millionth ride this past weekend and peak ridership is also at an all-time high, now clocking in at over 10,000 “LimeBikers” per day in more than 30 US markets, the company said.
By partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, LimeBike aims to “dramatically improve” urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders.
Funded by Silicon Valley venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz, LimeBike is based in San Mateo, California.
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