Advisors will work with LimeBike executives to use bike-sharing to address cities’ transportation issues
The US dockless bike-sharing service provider, LimeBike, is launching a Lime Advisor Network of business luminaries who will work alongside LimeBike executives to steer the start-up in its efforts to improving urban mobility through dockless bike-sharing.
The line-up includes: Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia and former President of the United States Conference of Mayors; Ed Baker, former vice president of product and growth at Uber; David Spielfogel, co-founder and managing partner of Ekistic Ventures; and Arne Croce, former San Mateo City Manager.
“We are proud to welcome top technology and government leaders as partners in the launch of the Lime Advisor Network,” said Toby Sun, CEO and co-founder of LimeBike. “Together with our advisors, we will collaborate with more communities across the US to provide an environmentally-conscious and fun solution to their existing transportation issues.”
LimeBike launched the Lime Advisor Network with a vision of fostering productive relationships with local governments across the country. The company has already worked closely with local officials to deploy in eight US cities and seven university campuses and it claims LimeBike is “the most broadly adopted” dockless bike-sharing programme in the country.
“I am excited to join the Lime Advisor Network as LimeBike shares my passion for providing communities with safe, accessible and affordable transportation options,” said Ed Baker, former vice president of product and growth at Uber. "After successfully scaling an alternative transportation company, I am looking forward to helping LimeBike expand its innovative bike-sharing solutions across the country.”
"There’s a reason LimeBike is the first dockless bike-share company to deploy successfully in a US city: they have the right mix of innovative technology, on-the-ground experience, and collaborative approach to government to be effective," said David Spielfogel, co-founder and managing partner of Ekistic Ventures.
He added: "Having deployed expensive docked systems in Chicago, I’m excited to see the industry evolve to be more agile, affordable and scalable. I look forward to helping LimeBike become an integral transportation provider that solves a critical problem for cities."
LimeBike also welcomes two former public officials to its Lime Advisors Network, including the Honourable Michael A Nutter, Philadelphia’s 98th mayor, who served two terms in the nation’s fifth largest city, along with longtime local Bay Area resident Arne Croce, who served as San Mateo City Manager for 18 years.
"LimeBike revolutionised the ease with which cities can deploy world-class bike-share systems at no cost to taxpayers,” said Nutter. “I am delighted to be part of the Lime Advisor Network and support a company that integrates seamlessly into urban transportation systems to provide a last-mile solution that is truly equitable and efficient."
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