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Lime won’t renew its bike-share program with Bellevue

By Wire Services
Published: December 2, 2019, 6:04am

BELLEVUE — Lime said last week that it won’t be renewing its bike-share permit with Bellevue, ending a yearlong pilot program that brought hundreds of the company’s green electric-assisted bikes to the Eastside city.

Bellevue’s e-bike pilot program launched in July 2018 and was extended through the fall. Lime deployed 400 e-bikes throughout the city, though most were concentrated in downtown Bellevue, where white boxes were painted on some sidewalks to denote them as “bike hubs.”

A Lime spokesman said Wednesday that the company is focusing much of its market on scooters, rather than free-floating bikes and e-bikes. It’s possible the city and Lime could partner in the future with other modes of transportation.