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 now offers 80 bikes with 16 of them electric at 13 docking stations across Oxford.  New docking stations are being added to the network, connecting major employment centres including the Hospitals and Universities in Headington with the City Centre and the Park & Ride   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 10 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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18 electric bikes at trial sites in Sustainable Ventures backed housing developments in low income communities to combat transport poverty in the east of England. See Compass Bikes website for more details.

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 »»

Co-Bikes, Exeter

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22 electric bikes situated at railway stations, business parks and Devon County Council. Membership is integrated with Co-Cars operations in partnership with Nextbike and First Great Western Trains.

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 25 Red Squirrel Electric bike hire to cycle 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


Adding 20 electric bikes to a hire fleet of 60 bikes aimed at tourists and trials for local commuters reducing car dependency based around at park and ride sites. See Plymouth Bike Hire website for more details.

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. See Journey Matters website for more details.

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 »»