Orlando bike sharing: Lime launches Florida's first electric fleet

A new bike-sharing company has been cleared to operate downtown, the first to be ushered in under Orlando’s new “dock less” ordinance.


Lime’s permit was officially approved by city officials on Monday and by Tuesday the vibrant green bikes, which aren’t required to be parked at a rack, were spread throughout downtown. In some places, they were alongside orange bikes from Juice Bike Share, which has operated in Orlando since 2015.

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The Lime e-bikes have a lithium battery that helps power the bicycles up to 14.8 mph and also have baskets, a smartphone mount and a lock attached.
A crew based downtown will be in charge of making sure bikes are properly spaced, have fully charged batteries and aren’t in violation of the city ordinance, Fluxman said.
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“It can get over 95 degrees on any given day,” Fluxman said of the e-bikes. “We want to make sure we’re proving bikes where they need to be.”
By Ryan Gillespie - Orlando Sentinel