Lime debuts new e-bikes in downtown Tampa

The company obtained a permit to operate 1,500 Gen4 e-bikes throughout the City of Tampa.

click to enlarge Lime debuts new e-bikes in downtown Tampa
Photo via Lime
This morning, Lime launched a new service in downtown Tampa that will place over 1,000 e-bikes into the Hillsborough River downtown area.

The company, which already has an e-scooter presence throughout the region, says they've obtained a permit to operate 1,500 Gen 4 e-bikes in the City of Tampa.

Think of these e-bikes as giant scooters for people that hate to stand, but also feature increased motor power with an automatic two-speed transmission (for those of you who also hate peddling), a swappable battery with a 5-year lifespan, as well a phone holder and a little basket.

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the company will phase out the e-scooters and replace them with the new motorized bicycles after an attorney ruled against a bid protest from last summer.

The new e-bike service is a new chapter for Lime, which originally launched its e-scooter service in Tampa back in 2019. Since then, the e-scooters have been largely successful in the area, spare a few dozen or so that end up at the bottom of the river.

Hopefully these bikes don't meet the same fate.

click to enlarge Lime debuts new e-bikes in downtown Tampa (2)
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Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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