Bike Share with Lime

[Photo by Whitney Curtis/WUSTL Photos}

WashU has partnered with Lime to provide a convenient, inexpensive, and green way to get around. Not only does bike share increase mobility and decrease travel times around and between our campuses, but it also furthers the university’s goal to advance active, low-carbon transportation.


What is bike share?

In a bike sharing system, a fleet of bicycles is deployed around a city or campus and made available for rental by individuals on a short-term basis. Lime’s system is dockless, meaning that the bikes can be located with GPS on a smart phone app or by calling a phone number, and that they lock to themselves by clamping the back wheel.

How to register

  1. Download the LimeBike app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or
  2. Open the app, click on the “person” icon in the upper left-hand corner and set up your account. Be sure to use your WashU email address ending in .edu for a 50% discount!

How to ride

While downloading the app is the easiest way to use a Lime bike, there is a non-smart phone option as well. Once you sign up for the non-smart phone option at, you will be provided with a phone number to call or text to unlock the bikes. You can also pay with cash at any PayNearMe locations.

[Photo by Whitney Curtis/WUSTL Photos]

Parking on campus

While it is allowed to park dockless bikes on sidewalks on the public right-of-way, on WashU campuses Lime bikes must only be left at bike racks.  You can locate nearby bike racks on the Lime app’s map. Be sure to avoid parking in the designated prohibited parking areas, marked in red on the map.

Cost to ride

For pedal-bikes, rides are just 50 cents for 30 minutes for anyone with a valid .edu email address. This is a 50% discount off of Lime’s normal rate.

To make bike-share even more accessible and affordable, Lime is also offering discounted rates through Lime Access. To qualify for Lime Access, an individual simply needs to demonstrate eligibility or participation in any state or federally-run assistance program. Lime Access members receive a 95% discount on all Lime pedal bike rides and a 50% discount on all Lime-E electric-assist bike and Lime-S electric scooter rides.

Issue with a bike?

Click the exclamation point symbol in the app to report illegal parking, damaged bikes, lock issues and other issues directly to the Lime team. Scan the bike’s QR code or enter the provided 6-digit ID to identify the bike you have an issue with.

Group rides

Interested in hosting a group bike ride? Lime will deliver bikes and pick them up at the end of your event for no extra charge other than the cost of the ride itself. Contact Lime for more information.


For other questions, you can email Lime directly at, call/text them at 1-888-546-3345, or contact Clara Steyer, WashU’s Bike Share Coordinator, at