Since the summer, South Bend’s bike sharing program LimeBike has grown in size and success, with 1,500 bikes used by 27,000 people over 200,000 times. That’s a lot of encouraging numbers and outpaces Indy’s bike sharing program. Although the city had planned on storing bikes for the winter, leaving only a few at the schools and downtown area, they changed their minds.
“We want to make sure the bikes are available when people need and rely on them,” Jason Wilde, who oversaw the LimeBike program, said. “Just because it snows doesn’t mean people won’t want to use it. Granted, we see a dip in trips but we still had people riding even in the recent snow storms. We’re trying to build a reliable transportation network. To be truly thought of as reliable, you have to be available all the time.”