Bike Share Program

On Tuesday January 30th, the dock-less bike sharing company LimeBike began operating in El Cerrito for a six-month pilot program. LimeBike, which is also operating in nearby Albany, Alameda, and South San Francisco, will provide more than 100 bicycles for public use, offering El Cerrito residents, businesses, and visitors with an affordable, reliable, and sustainable option for traveling throughout El Cerrito and Albany.

The City of El Cerrito’s City Council has guided staff to pursue alternative transportation modes to increase bike ridership, as supported by the City’s Climate Action Plan, Active Transportation Plan, and the City’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. A primary goal of the City is to reduce vehicle miles traveled by creating a well connected, pedestrian-friendly, bicycle and transit-oriented urban environment that will make it easier for residents and visitors to leave their car behind. LimeBike’s dock-less bike share program is consistent with this goal and vision.

In addition, LimeBike is able to offer this service to residents at no cost to the City. This differs from traditional dock-based bike sharing programs which require significant investments in docking infrastructure. 

LimeBike’s rides cost just $1.00 for 30 minutes, or 50 cents for students. Low-income residents will be able to ride up to 100 rides per month, for just $5. Everyone under 18 is required by law to wear a helmet and adults are encouraged to bring their own helmet.

To ride a LimeBike, simply download the iPhone or Android smartphone app to find a bike nearby, unlock the bike by scanning or entering the bike's plate number, and then go for a ride. When you're finished, lock the bike's back wheel to complete your trip. Remember to park responsibly, leaving the LimeBike near a bike rack or on the side of the sidewalk as to not block pedestrian traffic.

To celebrate the launch, new riders can use the code “LimeCerrito” to receive their first five LimeBike rides for free.

Go to to download the app and get started.


How to Ride a LimeBike:

  1. Download the LimeBike app to find a bike nearby.
  2. Scan or enter the bike’s plate number to unlock the bike.
  3. When your ride is finished, riders simply lock the bike's back wheel and responsibly park between the pedestrian-designated sidewalk area and the street curb, or at a bike rack.

Problems with the bikes? Report any issue directly to LimeBike’s 24/7 customer service number: 1-888-LIME-345, or text: 1-888-546-3345, or email:

Click here for tips on parking!

Click here to read answers to Frequently Asked Questions!

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