Since the new bike share program came to town, sevearl hundred local cyclists have taken a ride on the bright green bikes.
During the 13 days since the launch of the Lime Bike program, 1,374 rides have been made by 825 riders in Watertown, according to Transportation Planner Laura Wiener. The average trip is not long: less than a mile (.8 miles), and lasts 19 minutes.
Lime Bikes operate a bit differently from the BlueBikes (formerly Hubway) in Boston, where riders pick up and leave bikes in docking stations. Lime Bike riders use the company’s smartphone app, which allows riders to locate a bicycle, unlock it and go for a ride. When they are done, the rider leaves the bike in an appropriate place. Wiener said she thinks the program has mostly gone well.
“I’m pleased with how much use it is getting,” Wiener said. “They are still getting some of the kinks out in terms of redistributing the bikes.”
Bikes are supposed to be left on a curb or sidewalk, but not blocking sidewalks or traffic. The company will pick up bikes and leave them in more frequented spots around town. If people see bikes that are parked inappropriately, including blocking sidewalks, Wiener said, they should email Lime customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org.