LimeBikes come to Elkhart

The LimeBike program launched in Elkhart. // WSBT 22

Get ready to see more bright green bikes in our area.

The dockless bike share program LimeBike is expanding its reach, launching for the first time Wednesday in Elkhart County.

We first saw these bikes last year in South Bend.

Within a few months of the launch, the fleet of LimeBikes in South Bend more than doubled.

Now, Elkhart is getting in on the action.

Ever since LimeBike came to our area, county and city leaders have been working to bring it to Elkhart. That day has finally come.

"It's the second county we are launching in the state of Indiana. We're very, very excited about that. Elkhart County is a fairly large county with tons and tons of residents. We excited to bring affordable transportation to those that need it,” said Nathan Hasse, LimeBike South Bend operations manager.

Marketed as fun, reliable and affordable means of transportation, it costs $1 for 30 minutes of riding.

Users can download the LimeBike app for free.

It tells you where available bikes are located, then just scan the bar code to unlock it.

"It's about quality of place, we've got record breaking development right now in the city of Elkhart. Much of it is downtown and we wanted to not only have an activity for individual in terms of transportation, but also a benefit for them as well as a convenience,” said Mayor Tim Neese (R) Elkhart.

For right now, only single speed bikes will be available. Electric scooters and bikes that can go up to about 15 miles per hour are not in the plans yet.

Elkhart's mayor hopes people will choose not to throw bikes in the river or park them on top on the clock tower.

A problem that has plagued other cities including South Bend.

"We have had issues with that in the past. Not nearly as much as in the very beginning. We think the residents wanted to try to prove something, instead they realized Lime isn't going anywhere, we're here to stay,” said Hasse.

Starting Wednesday you can use one of the 34 bikes located across the city of Elkhart and into the county.

LimeBike is in talks with Goshen to expand there in the future.

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