LimeBike share program launches in Reno-Sparks Indian Colony |

LimeBike share program launches in Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Claire Cudahy

First Nation's Focus

LimeBike launched in Reno-Sparks Indian Colony this May, becoming the first bike share program in a Native American reservation.
Photo: Courtesy Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

RENO, Nev. — In May, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony became the first Native American reservation to hose a bike share program.

Dockless bike-sharing company LimeBike launched in RSIC, as well as the cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County and the University of Nevada, Reno on May 14, bringing hundreds of bright green cruisers to the region.

Approximately 40 bikes have been positioned at hubs around RSIC, including the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center, gymnasium, administration building and near Three Nations Walmart.

“The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony is pleased to work with all of the partners in the region to bring this innovative transportation option to the area,” said RSIC Chairman Arlan D. Melendez. “Even though there are over 570 federally recognized tribes in the United States, all Native American communities are traditionally linked to our environment, and caring for mother earth fits our tribal values.”

Unlike other bike-sharing operations, LimeBikes are free-floating and don’t need to be returned to a dock.

Using LimeBike’s free app, the user scans a QR code on the bike to release the lock on the back wheel. If no bike is in sight, the map within the app can locate a nearby bike, which is fitted with GPS. These mechanics are powered by a small solar panel on the bike.

Using a linked credit or debit card within the app, credits for rides can be purchased at the rate of $1 per 30 minutes or 50 cents for students, seniors and low-income residents.

And when the user is done with the bike, it can be re-locked and left in any non-obstructive location.

Since launching in June 2017, LimeBike has expanded to 60 different cities and colleges around the world. In 2018 they introduced electric scooters and electric-assisted bikes to some markets, including nearby South Lake Tahoe.

The reception of LimeBike has been mixed in cities across the country. While many praise the convenience of the dockless bikes, others complain of bikes being left in inappropriate locations.

Visit to read more about LimeBike at RSIC.

Claire Cudahy is a special assignments reporter for the Sierra Nevada Media Group, which publishes First Nation’s Focus. Email her at