More than 1,600 e-bikes trips have been made in Leeds city centre just one week after the hire scheme was launched.
Leeds City Bikes is a fully-electric public bike hire service delivered by operator Beryl in partnership with Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Initial uptake of the £2.86m scheme, made possible via funding secured through the West Yorkshire Mayoral devolution deal, has been positive, with more than 1,200 users covering 375km (233 miles), according to data from Leeds University.
Cllr Helen Hayden, executive member for infrastructure and climate, Leeds City Council, said: “We want our city to be one that provides a full and comprehensive transport network and an e-bike scheme is a crucial part of that – offering quick and sustainable journeys across the city centre.”
This first phase of the rollout will see up to 300 bikes at 40 docking locations across the city and along key routes to the south and northwest of the city.
Further bikes will be delivered in 2024, with numbers doubling to 600 by spring.
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