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Lime-E electric share bikes have landed in Sydney

After a dramatic year for bike share operators in Sydney, a new player has entered the game with a fleet of modern electric-assist bikes.

Brightly painted bikes from US-based operator Lime were quietly installed in various locations in Sydney seemingly overnight, with several pods spotted on Oxford and Elizabeth streets.

The company claims the bikes, dubbed the Lime-E electric-assist bike, have a lithium battery capable of pushing the bike to speeds of up to 14.8 mph (23.8 km/h), even when riding uphill.

In contrast to a fully electric bike, the Lime-E simply assists by automatically engaging its motor as soon as the rider starts pedalling.

Lime works similarly to other bike sharing services: using an app available on iOS and Android, you book your ride and use GPS to track it down. Once you find your Lime-E, simply scan the QR code on its rear to unlock it for use.

Strangely, the company hasn’t made any formal announcement of its arrival in Sydney. The app asked to verify my account by sending a text message, which didn’t arrive. If you encounter the same issue, try logging in through Facebook instead.

Once you open the app, you’ll see a map displaying the location of Lime-E bikes in your area. At this stage, they’re localised to inner-city areas like Surry Hills, Haymarket, Ultimo, Darlinghurst and the CBD.

Lime-E bike sharing app displaying Sydney locations.

Each lightning bolt represents a single pod, while glowing circles show a cluster of pods.

Most Australians will be familiar with the fiasco that was the bike-sharing boom of early 2018, which saw the colourful bikes discarded on roads, indoors, in trees and even in rivers.

Indeed, one Twitter user predicts Lime is certain to meet a similar fate:

Reddy Go left blamed its exit from Sydney on excessive red tape around the bike sharing industry, while competitor oBike drew criticism over how it processed deposit refunds.

Lead image: Zac Zavos

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    David Noble

    Wednesday 21 November 2018

    I also was surprised at the cost $10.40 from Redfern to Circular Quay. But then it was 45 minutes of exercise on a fairly high tech alternative to the previous cheap versions. Still prefer the docking stations that you see in London etc. Over to you Sydney City Council.