Shared Electric Bike Programme

Electric bikes can improve air quality through ultra-low emission commuting, support healthy lifestyles, and open access to opportunities.They can achieve this by attracting a wider range of people cycling and increasing the number of trips people can make by bike.

The Shared Electric Bike Programme installed electric bikes in eleven projects across England and studied how these bikes were used. Our findings highlighted the opportunity to widen the appeal of cycling to those who don’t wish to or cannot ride a standard bike.


The data from 2,286 participants who made 11,702 journeys cycled over 27,000 miles showing that electric bikes can enable healthy, flexible, low cost travel for all abilities, in hilly areas and for longer distances without the need for too much exertion or ‘cycling clothes’.

Download the Shared Electric Bike Programme Final Report.

Download the Shared Electric Bike Programme Report Executive Summary.


  • Electric bikes can attract new riders: One in three of the people using the Shared Electric Bike Programme bikes had rarely or never cycled before they started using the shared electric bikes
  • Electric bikes can improve health and well-being: Regular riders reported that when riding an electric bike, 58% felt happier and 41% felt healthier.
  • Electric bikes can enable new types of utility cycling trips: The average length of trips switched is 5 miles, compared to 3 miles by traditional bikes.
  • Electric bikes can reduce car use: In one commuter scheme 46% of regular shared electric bike trips were previously made by private car as a passenger, driver or in a taxi.
  • 2,667 participants made 11,702 journeys travelling 27,431 miles.


  1. Explore the potential for of increasing e-bike (and pedal bike) availability at more rail stations, travel hubs and accommodation networks across the UK.
  2. Bridge strategic development and delivery with the health sector around e-bikes
  3. Open up funding from the OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) to include e-bikes alongside electric vehicles.
  4. Develop a strategic national programme of try-before-you-buy for e-bikes.
  5. Update the cycle-to-work scheme so that it encourages people to acquire e-bikes.
  6. Evidence and further research

Shared Electric Bike Programme Projects

Eleven schemes, selected by Carplus Bikeplus for funding from the Department for Transport, delivered 188 electric bikes with 217 tracked.



OXONBIKE is a mixed fleet of 80 bikes, 22 of which are electric bikes at 14 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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Tel: 07831 566005

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 »»

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 bikes; 6 at University of West of England Frenchay campus 4 at Bristol City Council 2 at Avon Fire & Rescue 82 employees have used the bikes for a total of 917   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. Since the launch in Easter 2016, the 20 electric bikes have been hired 79 times cycling 677 miles. The site is   Read more »»

Compass Bikes

Photo credit: Brett Tavarez

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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

Hebden Bridge We:Cycle

Hebden Bridge we cycle credit After Alice project

13 electric bikes for residents, local businesses and tourists have been used for 103 journeys cycling 350 miles (April 2016 – January 2017) in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding hill top villages. The scheme is operated by the Alternative Technology Centre. Member experience feedback on electric   Read more »»

E-bike training guidance - Bikeability


The Association of Bikeability Schemes (TABS) has issued top tips and detailed guidance for riding electric bikes. This has been produced as part of the Department for Transport funded and Bikeplus managed Shared Electric Bike Programme. Download the detailed E-bike riding guidance for public Download   Read more »»

Shared Electric Bike Programme Executive Summary

Shared Electric Bike Programme Full Report

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Shared Electric Bike Programme Full Report (PDF)



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