A fleet of 50 e-bikes has hit York, following the success of the electric scooter hire scheme.
They are being provided by the e-scooter firm Tier.
Riders can pick up the electric bikes from various locations in the city, including both of York’s university campuses and York Hospital, and ride them along a number of dedicated routes.
Renting an e-bike will cost the same as an e-scooter, with riders charged £1 to unlock the vehicle and 15p per minute travelled.
Residents or visitors can also pay for a day pass or monthly subscription, which saves money for longer or more regular rides. You’ll need the Tier app to operate the bikes.
Along with the launch of the e-bike fleet, Tier is also replacing its fleet of 250 e-scooters with new and upgraded models, which come with several new features to promote responsible riding.
These include a smaller foot pad to help combat tandem-riding, and new e-scooter IDs to make it easier for people to report irresponsible use of the vehicles.
Cleaner, greener city
The scooter hire trial began in October and, to date, more than 6,500 people in York have used the -e-scooters as the scheme has expanded across the city centre and into outlying neighbourhoods.
Tier now has almost 40 parking bays across York, clearly marked on the road and in the Tier app.
Georgia Yexley, Tier’s head of cities, said: “We are very excited that we can now offer York residents and visitors the option of our e-bikes as a green, active mode of getting around the city, as well as the safest e-scooter in the market.
“We are passionate about reducing congestion and pollution in cities across Europe and believe our growing e-vehicle fleets can become a valuable ingredient in the city’s transport mix.”
Transport lead at City of York Council Andy D’Agorne said: “This trial is a great opportunity to explore how e-bikes can add to the mix of sustainable transport options in York, whilst helping to improve air quality and expand our electric vehicle offer.
“We are working closely with Tier to ensure that this new mode of sustainable travel fits the needs of our residents and visitors as we work together to create a greener, cleaner city.”