Dockless bike hire scheme to launch in Hackney

A new dockless cycle hire scheme is set to launch in Hackney this month – aimed at supporting people who don’t own a bike to cycle around the borough.

Hackney Council has appointed Lime to run the service – with bikes available to rent for between 15p and 20p per minute.

To support the new service and keep pavements accessible for people with visual or mobility impairments, the council has installed 70 new dockless bike bays in place of car parking spaces. 

Lime bikes in Hackney must be picked up or dropped off from these bays.

The borough has previously had a dockless bike scheme, but this was withdrawn during the pandemic. Lime, the winner of the latest tender process, already operates in Islington, Camden, Richmond, Brent and the City of London.

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, cabinet member for energy, waste, transport and public realm, said: “Cycling has so many benefits – from supporting people’s health and wellbeing, to easing traffic and improving air quality.

“By reintroducing dockless bikes to the borough and enabling people to take one-way trips, we can encourage even more people to try out cycling in Hackney, where we already have the highest cycling rate in London.

“The bikes must be parked in new dockless bays, which are available for everyone to use, to help keep our pavements accessible for those with visual and mobility impairments.”

As part of the agreement, Lime will offer 50% off the cost of e-bike rides for lower income residents via its LimeAccess programme, which was launched in the UK earlier this year. 

The programme provides eligible riders – including concession pass holders, key workers, students and job seekers – with unlimited discounts with Lime, helping them to get where they need to go in a safe, sustainable and affordable way. 

Lime will also provide cycle training via its ‘First Ride Academy’ giving residents in-person e-bike training from a training and safety team in a closed environment before embarking on a ride-along with an instructor.

1 June 2022