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The UK’s largest all-electric bike share scheme is now being built for Leicester City Council. Santander Cycles Leicester, powered by Ride On, will see 500 electric bikes available to hire from 50 locations across Leicester city. 

Work is getting under way to create the docking stations where the bikes will charge up, ahead of a public launch planned for spring next year. The scheme will be low-cost and very easy to use. You will be able to pick up and return the e-bikes at docking stations, where they charge up when not in use.

Santander Cycles Leicester will cover the city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods. To ensure good hygiene, Ride On’s maintenance team will be disinfecting all the equipment every day, and users will be advised to use hand sanitiser and/or gloves when riding the bikes.

You will be able to register online or at one of the on-street kiosks, buy a plan based on your needs and then use a smartphone or key card to unlock a bike and start riding. Day passes and membership fares will be available to help you make the most of your journeys in the city. The scheme is designed to be socially inclusive, with discounts and incentives offered to help make sure Santander Cycles Leicester is an affordable choice for everyone.

Leicester City Council was awarded nearly £8million from the Transforming Cities Fund to spend on a range of major projects. As well as the bike share scheme, these will include developing better walking and cycling links and upgrading to electric buses on the Birstall park and ride route.

In May, the council developed a Covid-19 Transport Recovery Plan, setting out how Leicester’s transport system can best meet the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic and help the city’s economy to recover, as well as securing longer-term environmental benefits. The e-bike share scheme is a key part of the plan.

Docking stations will be available at locations including St Margaret’s Bus Station – which is about to be completely rebuilt as a carbon-neutral building – as well as at Leicester Railway Station and De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre. Read the full press release here. 

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