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: