Squamish First Nation is trying out Lime electric bikes this summer
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Jul 8, 2024
Mehanaz Yakub

The shared micro-mobility provider has deployed 50 e-bikes to the Squamish Nation, with the possibility of more in the future

Lime is bringing electric bikes to the Squamish Nation in British Columbia for the first time this summer. Photo: Lime

The shared micro-mobility provider has deployed 50 e-bikes to the Squamish Nation, with the possibility of more in the future

This summer, the Squamish Nation is trying out a fleet of electric Lime bikes.

It’s being made possible by a new partnership between the First Nation community and shared micro-mobility provider Lime to offer a safer, cleaner and more affordable way to travel. The Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) is located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia.

“It will be 50 e-bikes to start and we can try and scale up if we need, with the bikes staying out through winter, weather permitting,” says a Lime spokesperson to Electric Autonomy.

Lime deployed the electric bikes to the Squamish Nation in June. Lime also provided dedicated e-bike docking locations within the community and nearby areas for riders to use.

The Squamish Nation members may also apply for Lime’s Access program, which offers reduced rate e-bike rentals. According to the Lime website, the Access program’s discount varies depending on the city. Standard rates are $1.15 to start, then $0.35 per minute plus tax.

Improving transportation options

Across B.C., Lime already operates in North Vancouver and West Vancouver, as well as in Richmond, Coquitlam and Kelowna.

The introduction of the new e-bikes in the Squamish Nation will help enhance mobility and sustainable transportation within the reserve.

“Improving transportation options for both our citizens and community has long been a priority for [the Squamish Nation],” says Sxwixwtn Wilson Williams, spokesperson and council member for the Squamish Nation, in a press statement.

“[L]ike other communities, the Nation is eager to support sustainable methods of transportation that will benefit current and future generations.”

Williams adds that the Nation is looking forward to embarking on a “long and positive” partnership with Lime.

Enhancing accessibility and safety

The San Francisco-based e-bike sharing company aims to “raise awareness about the need for sidewalk accessibility and foster a community-wide commitment to creating a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone.”

The new bikes have stickers reminding riders about key aspects of road safety, such as sidewalk accessibility and the impact of blocked pathways from improperly parked bikes.

Additionally, Lime will reach out to riders to offer further educational opportunities and encourage responsible riding behaviour.

“Lime is committed to working hand-in-hand with Squamish Nation to address transportation challenges and create a positive impact,” says Sonia Kandola, director of government relations at Lime.

“We are honoured to partner with Squamish Nation on this historic agreement, which represents a significant step forward in advancing mobility solutions for Indigenous communities in Canada.”

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