You are reading

Lime doubles ridership in the Bronx in 2023, eyes expansion to Queens in 2024

Dec. 21, 2023 By Seamus Higgins

While there are many ways to get around New York City via public transportation such as subways, cabs and ferries, some areas of the Bronx lack options compared to the rest of NYC. Lime, a shared electric vehicle company that has provided bikes and e-scooters to Bronxites since 2021, recently announced that ridership in the Bronx had its best ridership year to date.

Lime’s focus when starting its e-scooter pilot and partnership with New York City Department of Transportation was on safety, equity and ensuring its ridership reflects the diversity of the entire city and the Bronx. Lime reported that over 99.9% of rides are completed without reported incidents. Another of Lime’s goals was to make its products more accessible and affordable to riders.

“With equity a central focus of Lime’s service in the Bronx, the company partnered with community organizations across the coverage area to introduce the benefits of e-scooters and to inform residents of its reduced-price program called Lime Access,” a Lime spokesperson said. “Lime Access is available to qualifying individuals who are eligible for city, state, federal subsidies, including NYCHA residents. As a result, more than 1,000 riders have used Lime Access to reach distant subway stops, commute to work, run errands and deepen connections across the East Bronx, amounting to over 100,000 total trips.”

Lime aims to give people back their time of day and shorten people’s travel time. Lime is partnered with Uber and acts similar to other Citi Bikes in allowing users to download an app to locate and use a Lime bike or e-scooter. Lime’s bikes also help cut down carbon emission.

“Avoided 14K metric tons of Co2 emissions, spared 1.6M gallons of gas (6.1M liters) from being consumed and replaced over 33M car trips,” Lime said in a press release.

According to Lime’s ridership stats, the Bronx e-scooter program has one of the highest rates of Lime Access use as a share of total trips across Lime’s 280+ programs globally.

Lime shared recent data from a survey of more than 700 Lime riders in the Bronx and found that 81.3% of riders said Lime provided better access programs to low-income riders; 88.6% of riders said Lime makes it easier for them to live and stay in the city; and 68.8% of riders said that they can more easily reach their current job or job opportunities.

Building on their success in the Bronx, Lime plans to expand to Queens in 2024.


For more coverage, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @bronxtimes

Recent News

Port Authority announces JFK Airport traffic congestion plan as new terminal construction ramps up this summer

With construction ramping up over the summer on the $19 billion JFK Airport redevelopment project, the Port Authority opened a free drop-off, pickup and waiting lot at the AirTrain station at Lefferts Boulevard to help passengers avoid heavy traffic congestion at the terminal frontages.

The new lot will allow travelers to easily hop on to the free on-airport AirTrain with frequent service for an easy, eight-minute ride to the terminals, saving them time and anxiety from potential construction-related congestion.

Urgent manhunt underway for ‘animal’ who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Flushing park on Thursday: NYPD

The NYPD announced a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a Hispanic man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a wooded area of Kissena Corridor Park on Thursday afternoon.

More than sixty investigators were at the crime scene late into the night. During a press briefing by NYPD brass on Friday, Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said that the manhunt was expanded city-wide and that the department would spare no expense until the suspect was apprehended.

Man sought for raping 13-year-old girl in Flushing park in broad daylight Thursday: NYPD

An urgent manhunt is underway in Northeast Queens after a Hispanic man allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint in Kissena Corridor Park in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon.

Police from the 109th Precinct in Flushing reported that the youngster was with a 13-year-old boy in the park near Kalmia Avenue and Colden Street at around 3:30 p.m. when a stranger approached and threatened them with a knife, forcing them both into a wooded section where he tied them up. The perpetrator proceeded to forcibly remove their cell phones before sexually assaulting the girl, police said, adding that he fled in an unknown direction.