For residents of the South and West sides of Chicago who have been patiently waiting for a bike sharing service — the wait is over. Lime Bike (out of California, popular in Seattle) has launched a trial run of 50 bicycles in areas of the city that are sadly under serviced by the City-owned Divy Bikes.

The beauty of Lime Bike is its simplicity. Users must only download the app, load money onto their account (through a credit or debit card) and then scan a code on the back of the bicycle, thus unlocking it. Then you are free to ride around as you please! Another benefit of Lime Bike, especially compared to other similar services, is that you don’t have to return the bike to a specified docking zone — which can be a pain, especially if you’re in an area that is devoid of the docking zones. All you have to do is leave the bike somewhere out of the public’s way and you’re good to go. Of course, if you have apprehension about the whole concept of riding a bike in the city — worry not! Lime Bike has released a helpful guide on how to use their service safely and responsibly.

Whether or not Lime Bike will take off in Chicago like it has in cities like Seattle remains to be seen, but it is certainly an exciting prospect. These bikes are not only handy, they are also eco-friendly and will help to minimize the amount of cars on the road. Indeed, it seems very likely that a company like Lime Bike may be the future in cities like Chicago that are trying to prepare themselves for the coming changes in the transportation industry. In my opinion, it is only a matter of time until you see these iconic green bikes popping up everywhere in Chicago!