E-Bike projects

E-bike and Scooter trials in St. George’s Square. Bikes operated by Legacy Ride

Try an E-bike for employees loan and purchase scheme:

E-bikes offer a Covid-safe, cheap, healthy, low-carbon alternative for commuters.

We are preparing to launch a scheme with four new e-bikes and in April and May we are testing our systems. We currently have four bikes on the booking system with several early adopters (pictured) involved. First they have received free Bikeability training with Colne Valley Cycle Therapy and then they have a trial of up to 4 weeks.

Our employer scheme, when operational, will enable employees to find out if an e-bike would suit their travel needs over the longer term. We offer them a Over 2 – 4 week free 2 weeks hire employees have the opportunity to get used to an e-bike.
EPIKS are delivering this in partnership with Manchester Bike Hire (MBH) who have been running employer schemes for NHS trusts and Salford University.

We also have plans for a community “e-bike library”. We are hoping to pilot the project over several months this summer.

Employer support

We are interested to talk to “bike-friendly employers” willing to offer this option to employees. We are planning to get this scheme operational in the spring and are in discussions with several employers.

We have had positive expression of support from Kirklees Council. We are hoping for matching funding support from West Yorkshire Combined Authority through the City Connect programme.

By taking on responsibility for the scheme the employer can avoid having staff tied up in managing the assets and the users.

 

How the E-bike scheme works

A small fleet of new e-bikes, in a mix of sizes and designs, is now operational. available starting from Spring 2021. The bikes are provided with locks, insurance, panniers and riders are offered optional training as well as advice on helmet purchase.

Employees will have use of the bike free of charge for the first 2 weeks. After that the bike is charged at about £25 per week, depending on model.

After 2 weeks the hire period the staff member can

  • simply hand the bike back. It will be offered to the next staff member on the waiting list, again with the first 2 weeks rent-free.
  • acquire a brand new e-bike through an accredited Cycle 2 Work provider (via “salary sacrifice”).
  • continue to hire the bike for up to a total of 3 months (subject to availability)

Employers need to provide safe on-site e-bikes parking.

Contact us for further details.