Lime, a shared e-bike provider and Pedal Me, an e-cargo and passenger bike service in London have partnered to create The Ride to Recovery initiative. The program will give residents of London a code for four free rides to use to travel to and from their COVID-19 vaccination appointments at any point this year. Individuals can choose to use the code to cycle independently to their local appointments via a Lime e-bike, or use Pedal Me’s passenger bike service. The code is being provided to all existing Lime and Pedal Me users via email, but all Londoners can download either free app to access the rides, also. Lime and Pedal Me will also use their platforms to share approved public health information on COVID-19 vaccines.
Research states that more than 40% of London households are without direct access to a car. Ride to Recovery is aimed at ensuring that the vaccination centers are easy to reach for everyone, despite not having cars, or have concerns about using public transport during this time.
“Our Ride to Recovery initiative demonstrates the critical role e-bike services can play in keeping people, and cargo, moving in cities,” said Ben Knowles, CEO of Pedal Me. “We’re excited to be offering this free service in partnership with Lime to help Londoners access vaccinations safely, conveniently and sustainably – helping the capital to recover as we move through the pandemic.”
The initiative is part of Lime’s £1m investment in its Lime Aid and Access policies in the UK. Lime is one of the founding members of the recently launched Micro-Mobility for Europe (MMfE) coalition to create a single voice to help transform urban mobility in Europe.