Image by BeyondDC licensed under Creative Commons.

On Tuesday, December 18, Lime-E electric dockless bikeshare became available to ride throughout Arlington. Lime released the bikes following receipt of an operating permit the previous week.

The first batch of e-bikes appeared outside Virginia Square Metro station on Tuesday morning. More batches soon appeared around other stations, with individual bikes dispersing outward.

Lime-Es in Virginia Square. Image by BikeArlington.

Scooters from both Lime and Bird have been available in Arlington for months, but Lime-E is the first dockless bikeshare to get a license in Arlington. Their permit initially allows up to 350 e-bikes, in addition to the scooters Lime operates. Each month they have the opportunity to add more bikes if certain conditions are met.

As of this writing, Lime-Es are all over the Orange Line corridor, and look to be spreading fast.

Screengrab from the Lime app. The blue lightning bolts are e-bikes. 

Julie Strupp is Greater Greater Washington's Managing Editor. She's written for DCist, Washingtonian, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and others. You can usually find her sparring with her judo club, pedaling around the city, or hanging out on her Columbia Heights stoop.