Gearing-up for Leeds’ new e-bike hire service

First look at the e-bikes coming to Leeds this autumn as scheme is given green light

The new e-bikes coming to Leeds have been revealed, following the final green light for the public e-bike hire service to launch this autumn.

Leeds City Bikes will be the first fully electric public bike hire service in the UK, enabling more people to cycle short journeys.  

The £2.86 million scheme will see e-bikes for hire at docking stations in the centre, and along key routes to the south and north-west of the city, before expanding to other areas.

It will be designed, developed, and delivered by British e-bike hire operator Beryl, in partnership with Leeds City Council, and has been made possible thanks to funding secured through the West Yorkshire Mayoral devolution deal.

The scheme was given the final green light at the end of May when members of the Combined Authority’s Transport Committee approved the funding in full.

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

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:

“Bringing an e-bike hire scheme to our region was one of my Mayoral​​ pledges and I’m excited we’re using bikes named after Leeds’ cycling legend Beryl Burton.

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

“A reliable, inclusive transport network, which puts walking and cycling at the heart of our everyday journeys, is key to this.”

(L-R): David Miller from Leeds Cycling Campaign; Philip Ellis, CEO of Beryl; Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire; and Cllr Helen Hayden, Executive Member for Infrastructure and Climate at Leeds City Council.

Councillor Helen Hayden, Executive Member for Infrastructure and Climate, said: 

“We want Leeds to be a city where you don’t need to own a car and a key part of that is expanding and supporting our cycling network. Cycling is a great way to travel for short journeys, as well as long, and this proposal will make it easier for people to make that change.  
“We know that compared to conventional push bikes, e-bikes are an easier access point for new users including older people, women, people with limited physical strength, people who have limited cycling confidence or experience and people who are looking to take up cycling. I hope that Leeds City Bikes will encourage more people to try cycling without the investment of buying their own bike.” 

​​Philip Ellis, CEO of Beryl, said:  
“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to encourage as many people as possible to switch to more sustainable transport.  

“We have a proven track record of working in partnership with cities and in consultation with communities and key stakeholders to deliver successful services that play a crucial role in integrated urban transport systems. 

“Our vehicles are not only good for the environment, they’re also fun, easy to use and cost-effective, removing the need for vehicle ownership expenses such as fuel, tax, MOT, storage, parking and maintenance.” 

About Leeds City Bikes  

E-bikes are helping more people reap the rewards of cycling and the service will enable residents, students, workers and visitors to make​​​ the most of Leeds’s growing cycling network. 

Initially an estimated 300 e-bikes will be available from docking stations at key locations.   

The service will also incorporate tricycles and e-cargo bikes. 

Leeds City Council and the Combined Authority will be working closely with accessibility groups, communities, and other key stakeholders to ensure as many people as possible can access the service.

This work is part of the Connecting Leeds Transport Strategy to make Leeds a city where you don’t need a car.

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

About Beryl  

​​​Beryl is the UK's leading shared sustainable transport provider micro mobility company, championing cleaner, greener sustainable travel options to help reduce road congestion and improve air quality and public health. ​​ 

​​​​​They have delivered affordable bike, e-bike, e-cargo bike and e-scooter schemes in locations around the country, including Norwich, Watford, Hereford, Bournemouth, the Isle of Wight, London, Hackney, Greater Manchester, Portsmouth, Southampton and, most recently, Solent, Cornwall, Brighton and Plymouth. and Hertsmere.​​ 

​​​​​​​​A B-Corp certified operator, they deliver schemes in partnership with cities and communities, placing people, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability at the same level as financial sustainability.​​ 

​​​​​ ​​​They also provide technology for London’s Santander Bikes and the West Midlands Cycle Hire scheme, micromobility schemes in London and Birmingham and manufacture innovative technological solutions, such as the Laserlight.​​