Bike Share in Alameda
Alameda was the first East Bay city with a public dock-less bike share system, using Lime. The program ran from October 2017 through March 15, 2019, when Lime stopped operating dock-less bike share systems nationwide. The City is now exploring other bike share options.
Lime launched in Alameda in October 2017. Over the 17-month program period, almost 100,000 rides were taken by over 15,000 unique riders. Though the median trip was just 0.4 miles, over 80,000 miles were ridden. All of this was done with no general fund or city funding sources, only staff time for administering the program. In many ways this program was a success in showing the desire for last mile, on-demand, affordable transportation options.
At least 300 LimeBikes were available throughout the island during the six-month pilot period (October 2017 to March 2018). In early 2018, the City conducted a community survey and evaluated the pilot program. Based on the results, staff recommended continuing the dock-less bike share program in Alameda to both the Transportation Commission at their March 28, 2018 meeting and to the City Council on May 1, 2018. Council approved this recommendation. A Request for Proposals for dock-less bike share was issued in mid-2018 and Lime was selected to operate that system.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and responses about the pilot dock-less bike share program: FAQs - ver1, November 2017
Monthly Reports from LimeBike: During the pilot, LimeBike reported on bike usage, complaints and other requirements in the agreement with the City.
Monthly Report: October 2017.pdf(PDF, 167KB)
Monthly Report: November 2017.pdf(PDF, 143KB)
Monthly Report: December 2017(PDF, 199KB)
Monthly Report: January 2018(PDF, 102KB)