Lime, the company formerly known as the ride-sharing bicycle service LimeBike, is calling it quits in our area after beginning service in Rockford in April of 2018.

At that time, 500 LimeBikes were brought in to Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, and Belvidere. One dollar bought you 30 minutes of ride time, and instead of having to locate a charging station, you simply needed the app to locate and unlock a LimeBike.

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The company is getting out of the pedal bike market and changing their business model in favor of motorized bikes and scooters.

A Lime spokesperson said, "Our mission is to provide communities with safe, sustainable, convenient transportation options, and we are constantly looking to improve the way riders move throughout their cities. We remain hopeful we can revisit this with Rockford in the future and are open to finding a long-term partnership tailored to the needs of their citizens."

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Rockford Register Star:

A Lime spokeswoman in a statement emailed to the Rockford Register Star held out hope of returning in the future with “micromobility” solutions “tailor-made” for the city. The company is withdrawing from agreements with Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Belvidere and the Rockford Park District.

So, how are other cities enjoying those scooters that are replacing the bikes? Well...