Bitching and moaning about bike sharing has become a local hobby, but one company has proof that Dallas is actually liking this new alternative mode of transportation.
LimeBike, which debuted in Dallas in August 2017, has compiled the first-of-its-kind report on the impact of smart bikeshare. The report is an end-of-the-year summary that includes Dallas-specific as well as national data on LimeBike's impact on health, the economy, the environment, and general lifestyle.
Using information compiled by the same GPS and 3G-enabled technology that make LimeBikes easy to find, the company found that Dallas is among the top of its most successful markets in terms of ridership and bikeshare adoption as a whole.
- Dallas has clocked 105,000 cumulative miles on LimeBikes since their August 2017 launch, ridden by 45,000 active users.
- 20 percent of all trips start or end near a public transit station.
- 51 percent of riders use LimeBike during the evening rush hour. This means less traffic on Dallas roadways going home from work.
- Average riding time is 9:45, covering 1.3 miles.
In terms of the environmental impact, 57,000 lbs of CO2 were saved in Dallas, and 2,300 trees were saved.
In their top urban markets nationwide, 40 percent of rides start or stop at public transit stations. Conclusion: People are using LimeBike for their first and last mile transportation solution.
LimeBike also saves money. It costs, on average, $5-$7 less per mile than ridesharing, and $.59 less per mile than driving. In one year, drivers who replace a mere 5 percent of their daily car miles with LimeBike can save $400.
Other benefits include boosting the local economy and building good personal habits.
In 2017, LimeBike launched in 2017 with one goal in mind: to improve the way Americans get around in cities and on college campuses across the country. Their core revolves around 3 tenets of cycling: accessibility, affordability, and sustainability.
LimeBike is currently in more than 35 markets in the United States, including Seattle, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, San Diego, Denver, Phoenix, Charlotte, and Raleigh. They recently launched in Europe and intend to bring bike sharing to even more markets throughout Texas.
Of all cities, Dallas has become a kind of bike-sharing nexus, with five companies vying to become king of the alternative-transpo world.
VBikes, which has silver bikes, is the local company, based in Garland. Limebike, which has green bikes, is based in California; so is Spin, which has orange bikes.
Zagster, which has white bikes, serves the University of Texas at Dallas campus only. Ofo, the most recent entry which dropped its yellow bikes in November, is from China.