In the latest development, San Francisco-based micro mobility brand Lime, has partnered with UK’s e-cargo and passenger bike service Pedal Me to give a free ride for Londoners to and from vaccine appointments.
Ride to Recovery
Dubbed as “Ride to Recovery” initiative, existing Lime and Pedal Me users will get a code for 4 free rides through email to use to travel to and from their jab appointments at any point this year. Other Londoners need to download either app to access the free rides too.
Through this partnership, both the companies ensure that London’s vaccination centres are easy to reach for everyone, including those who don’t have cars or have concerns about using public transport at this time.
Aims to deploy at London’s key vaccine centres
As a part of the initiative, Lime is also in talks to deploy bikes directly at London’s key vaccine centres for patients and staff to use free of charge. The initiative builds on Lime’s pre-existing support for key workers in London, with over 10,000 free rides already provided to frontline workers in the capital via their “Lime Aid” policy launched in October 2020.
Ben Knowles, CEO, and Co-Founder at Pedal Me said: “Our Ride to Recovery initiative demonstrates the critical role e-bikes services can play in keeping people, and cargo, moving in cities. 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.”
Alan Clarke, Director of Policy and Government Affairs for UKIN at Lime said: “We’re proud to be partnering with Pedal Me to provide free rides to all Londoners due to receive their covid jabs in the coming months. Our Ride to Recovery initiative will give anyone that needs it a safe, socially distanced way of travelling to and from their vaccine appointment. It’s an important journey, and we want to ensure no one is left behind.”
The initiative also lives in Milton Keynes and Salford, where Lime is currently running e-scooter trials with over 20,000 users across the two services.