The UK's largest electric cycle hire scheme has been unveiled at the University of Derby, by the Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby, Derby City Council.
Hourbike, the largest bike hire operator in the UK outside of London, has been procured by Derby City Council to operate the scheme, working in partnership with Social Bicycle, who will produce the 200 electric bikes to be installed at 30 locations.
The Derby Bike Hire Scheme will be the largest electric bike scheme in the UK, and follows on from a feasibility study into the viability and deliverability of a point-to-point cycle hire scheme.
Developed by Derby City Council in partnership with the University of Derby, the scheme is being funded by a capital grant from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with match funding from the University.
Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University, added: “The Derby Bike Hire Scheme is fantastic news for the city and the University. It was so exciting to see what the bikes will look like, and to see our students give them a try.
“I’m really proud that we are able to offer this opportunity to University of Derby students. The new scheme will encourage students and staff to swap the car and take a bike, which will lead to money savings, health and wellbeing benefits and improved air quality in the city.”
Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby, said: “Cycle hire schemes bring many benefits to a city, and can serve a variety of markets including residents, students, workers and visitors. It provides a viable transport alternative that will not only help to mitigate the impacts of poor air quality and growing levels of congestion in these areas, but also improves people’s health and fitness levels.”