Leeds e-bike scheme takes a step closer

The arrival of the first public e-bike hire scheme in Leeds has moved a step closer with potential operators being invited to bid for the contract.

The scheme, which is due to launch next year, will initially see e-bikes for hire at docking stations in the centre and along key routes before expanding to other areas of the city.

The aim is to enable more people to switch to cycling for shorter journeys, with tariffs comparable to public transport fares.

It has been made possible thanks to funding secured through the West Yorkshire Mayoral devolution deal in partnership with Leeds City Council.

Subject to further funding, it is hoped the Leeds e-bike hire scheme is the first of many to be rolled out across West Yorkshire in the future.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “I’m delighted to bring this electric bike hire to our region.

“We want to grow our economy, connect people with opportunities and tackle the climate emergency.

“We need a reliable transport system to do this and both cycling and walking have a vital role to play.”

The Mayor will be visiting organisations at the forefront of accessible cycling to learn from the experts how the Combined Authority, in partnership with others, can build on the work already underway to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities.

The tender publication, which has been released under the trademark name ‘Leeds City Bikes’, seeks applications from experienced bike hire providers to deliver and operate the service.

The scheme is being funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority through the Transforming Cities Fund programme, which is aimed at making it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

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