Shared Electric Bike Programme

Electric bikes encourage more people to cycle more often. One barrier to using them is their relatively high purchase cost. The Carplus Shared Electric Bike Programme aims to accelerate uptake of electric bikes through a grant scheme that will support the development of shared bike networks.

Carplus is managing the Programme supporting the development of eleven projects and sharing lessons learnt from these pilots. The Department for Transport has made £700k of funding available to cities, rural areas and tourism hotspots in England, outside of London. By supporting schemes in a range of different settings the programme will gather evidence on which people, places and journeys are best served by shared electric bikes.


Shared Electric Bike Programme Projects

Eleven schemes, selected by Carplus for funding from the Department for Transport, will put over 200 new electric bikes into circulation. The bikes have small electric motors which boost the riders’ pedal power and will be used in a variety of locations and situations including:



OXONBIKE is a mixed fleet of 80 bikes, 16 of which are electric bikes at 13 docking stations across Oxford. The scheme connects major employment centres including the Hospitals and Universities in Headington with the city centre and Park & Ride sites, enabling business and   Read more »»

Co-bikes, Exeter

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The UK’s first exclusively electric on-street bike share, bikes and cars are available on the same app and smart card booking platform. Members can pick up Co-bikes and Co-cars in Exeter and the Exe Estuary; at railway stations, business parks and Devon County Council, alternatively casual users   Read more »»

Eastbourne Campus, University of Brighton

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The scheme provides ten electric bikes at Eastbourne railway station connecting the hilly route between the University of Brighton campus and for staff and students. An additional ten electric bikes are being offered on a 1 or 3 month loan basis on campus. Associate Professor Anne Mandy,   Read more »»

Compass Bikes

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Sustainable Ventures offer 18 Raleigh Captus electric bikes in two different contexts. The first project provides the bikes in housing developments in low income communities in the east of England and the second  project is managed by the Hook Norton Low Carbon Group in Oxfordshire.   Read more »»

Outspoken Delivery, Cambridge & Norwich


Outspoken Delivery currently has 21 cargo bikes and trikes in their fleet at their Cambridge and Norwich depots, 13 of which currently have electric assist. The company is making 7 available for the Bikeplus shared electric cargo bike scheme, 4 of which can be hired   Read more »»

New Forest PEDALL


New Forest National Park Authority and PEDALL scheme exploring the potential take up of cycling for a wider group of less able people and an all ability cycle training programme with three adapted electric bikes, these are particularly helpful on the off road gravel paths. The   Read more »»

Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Bikes


The Isle of Wight has 20 Red Squirrel Electric bikes for hire on the island’s extensive paved off road paths and stunning coastal roads. The Peugeot electric bikes are evidently visible outside staffed hubs in Newport, Ryde and directly located opposite the Red Jet Terminal   Read more »»

Hebden Bridge We:Cycle

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15 electric bikes including a cargo bikes for residents, local businesses and tourists to hire from the Hebden Bridge Alternative Energy Centre to ride in this hilly area. Member experience feedback on electric bikes One members recounted how – “Had an amazing cycle with Lizzie   Read more »»

Plymouth Bike Hire

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20 electric bikes complement an existing hire fleet of over 60 bikes aimed at leisure rides starting from Coypool Park & Ride in Plymouth. The site is well located to ‘cycle the city, coast and moor’,  with popular routes leading on to off-road trails in   Read more »»

Rotherham Journey Matters

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Expansion of 70 electric bikes to the Journey Matters bike scheme offering bikes to employees and the public via a popular mobile hub, aiming to attract commuters who previously do not cycle with short loans. The scheme is running a try-before-you-buy taster to encourage long   Read more »»

Bristol Co-wheels


24 electric bikes are being managed by Co-wheels across Bristol. The Programme adds 12 GPS tracked bikes; 6 at University of West of England Frenchay campus, 4 at Bristol City Council and 2 at Avon Fire & Rescue. The car club already offers 12 electric bikes to public   Read more »»



Electric Bikes: A Summary of Existing Research


Resources for Shared Electric Bike Programme


About bike share


Car Club Programme England


Technical advice & consultancy


Previous Carplus projects


Global electric bike share schemes

Bikeplus useful documents

Useful links