By Shani Hannah | April 2, 2019
Rockaway Beach, NY – Lime Bike program was launched in July of 2018 in the Rockaways. Lime Bike is a dockless bike program that came into the Rockaway Peninsula. Dockless bikes are brought in by a truck and put out on certain street corner locations. The purpose is to aid in the convenience of getting around in the Rockaways without the worry of traffic and finding parking when you are visiting certain areas. As long as you stay in the Rockaways you can ride the bike for $1 for thirty minutes. You scan the code after you download the app, add your debit or credit card to it and go for a ride.
Residents of the Rockaways love the idea of Lime Bike.
“I find the lime bikes useful to those who do not have a bike of their own,” said Taneek.
Another Rockaway resident, Danasia stated, “I think it’s doing well as promoting a healthier lifestyle for people who may not be able to afford a bike, have space or even want to save money and don’t like carpooling.”
Overall, the residents are happy except for the bikes being left all over.
“People throw them everywhere and anywhere,” Taneek stated.
The bikes seem to be left just anywhere, which is an issue to some residents.
Logan, a 33-year-old male said, “I don’t like the fact that the kids take the bikes however they take it and ride the bikes wherever and then dump it anywhere, literally!”
The residents of the Rockaways welcome the bike sharing program but it’s bothersome to see how people destroy property that is meant to help. The bikes are thrown anywhere, and the residents want people to just respect the program.
“All it takes for too many issues with the bikes as far as stolen, broken, and not taking care of them and the company will grab their bikes and leave Far Rockaway dry again,” said Jalen.
The Rockaways embrace the program and look forward to the Lime Bike to expand more within the community.
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