Lime launches new Gen4 E-bikes in Rotterdam

Lime launches new Gen4 E-bikes in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 24 October 2023Lime introduces its latest generation of e-bikes, Gen4, in Rotterdam, marking a significant upgrade in the city's shared transportation options.

Lime, a leading provider of electric shared vehicles, has announced the replacement of its current e-bike fleet in Rotterdam with the new Gen4 bikes. This move comes after three successful years of operation in the city and aligns with the growing demand for sustainable transportation options.

The introduction of Gen4 e-bikes in Rotterdam represents a long-term commitment by Lime to the Dutch market. This upgrade is in response to a notable increase in usage: in September 2023, Lime e-bike rides rose by 20% compared to the same month last year, and the number of unique active users increased by 18%. Overall, 2023 has seen a 40% rise in rides compared to the previous year.

Gen4 E-bikes: Innovations and features

The Gen4 e-bikes boast a modular design, enhancing their durability with a lifespan of over six years. Each component of the bike is detachable, allowing for easy repairs and replacements. Additionally, these bikes feature increased motor power for smoother rides.

A standout feature of the Gen4 e-bikes is their interchangeable battery, which is 96% recyclable and offers an industry-leading range of up to 64 kilometers. This improvement not only increases operational efficiency but also contributes to the sustainability of the service.

Lime's growth and impact in Rotterdam

Since November 2020, Lime's fleet of 500 shared bikes has enabled users to cover over 845,528 kilometers in Rotterdam. The company's decision to upgrade to Gen4 e-bikes is part of its broader strategy to reduce individual vehicle ownership and promote eco-friendly transportation in the city.

Tom Hollestelle, Senior Operations Manager for Lime in the Benelux & Scandinavia, commented, "The introduction of our Gen4 e-bikes shows our desire to invest long-term in the city of Rotterdam and to expand further in the country."

Traffic fines for cycling in Rotterdam - how to avoid them!

Traffic fines for cycling in Rotterdam - how to avoid them!

Riding your bike will get you from point A to point B for free. But did you know you can be fined up to €150 if you break the rules? We made a list of traffic fines for cyclists. Check them out and stay safe!

As a student mentor, I once told a Polish exchange student that it was perfectly fine to ride her bike home while drunk. After all, most of the students that go out partying, hop on their bicycles and go home. There's nothing too special about that, right? Well, after the weekend, she came to me and complained. "You said it was fine to ride a bicycle while drunk," she said. I was surprised, so I asked her why she was complaining. Her answer? "My friend hit a car, and there were cops nearby, and ...". I had heard enough. I guess I had underestimated what "drunk" really meant.  Ever since, I tell people "it's fine to cycle while drunk, but just don't hit any cars." 

Truth be told, there are many rules for riding a bicycle in the Netherlands. Many are never enforced unless necessary. If you're caught putting a dent in somebody's car, there are likely to be consequences, whether you're drunk or not. Still, other rules may be less obvious.

Traffic fines for cyclists in Rotterdam

We've compiled a list of bad cycling habits that could get you fined. These fines generally range from €35 to €150 and can be increased if your cycling is deemed a danger to others. The amounts listed below are without €9,- administration costs.

• Overtaking just before or on a zebra crossing => €150
• Cycling under the influence of alcohol => €100 (235 Ugl / 0.54 permillage)
• Refusing to cooperate with alcohol check => €95
• Handling your phone while cycling => €95👮‍♀️
• Ignoring a red stop light => €95
• Cycling at night without lights on your bicycle => €55
• Cycling in the wrong direction => €55
• Cycling without reflectors on pedals/wheels/rear => €35
• Making a turn without raising your arm => €35
• Bicycle bell not working? => €35
• Parking your bicycle in a no-parking area => €35

These are the more 'popular' offences, but the complete list of bicycle fines is quite extensive.

Don't text and bike!

The latest law to come into effect partially bans the use of phones. That's right. Cycling about with your phone in hand, while texting, calling or tapping through your phone is no longer allowed in Rotterdam. As of July 1st 2019, anybody caught cycling while using a telephone will be fined €95.

The best way to avoid the fine is to use a holder and avoid handling the phone while cycling. In other words, place that phone call before you start pedalling and avoid touching the phone once you're underway.

Voice assistants and smartwatches
If you really have to use your phone, you could try using your voice assistant. Google Assistant, Siri, Bixby all respond to voice commands. Alternatively, a smartwatch will allow you to read snippets of your messages. If it's important enough to read it fully right away, just step off and hop back on when you're ready to continue your journey.

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