Get the pedal to the metal! Leicester’s new e-bike scheme is now available for all city residents

By Darnell James

Leicester’s electric bicycle share project has now opened to all city occupants.  

A limited preliminary offer will be accessible for a restricted period entitling people to a reduction in the expense of plan participation, as well as discounted use rates for each excursion taken.  

The plan, known as Santander Cycles Leicester, will see 500 electric bicycles accessible to people in 50 areas across Leicester’s downtown area.  

Bicycles have effectively showed up at on-road docking stations across the city as the plan has been running in a pilot stage since January.

Volunteers, formed of key workers from all over the city, have been aiding with testing the framework. Now, to coincide with the easing of lockdown restrictions to allow most retailers to re-open, Santander Cycles Leicester will be available to any individual who needs to use it.  

The £600,000 project is being supported by a partnership formed of Leicester City Council, following the board’s effective bid to the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities reserve, with sponsorship from Santander UK and extra venture from administrator Ride On and conveyance accomplice Enzen Global.  

To join the plan, individuals can enrol on the scheme’s website, buy an arrangement depending on their necessities and afterwards use a smartphone to unlock a bicycle and begin riding.

Day passes and participation tolls will be accessible to help individuals take advantage for their excursions around the city. To join, the preliminary plan will cost £1.20 for a 30-day plan, with enlist rates beginning at 60p for the first 30 minutes. 

Santander Cycles Leicester will cover the downtown area and encompassing areas of the city.

Excursions need to start and end at a docking station, with 15 of these now on roads and operational, with a further 35 not far off. Docking stations are accessible now at locales including Gallowtree Gate, De Montfort University, Dock and Leicester Railway Station. 

A full launch for Santander Cycles Leicester is being anticipated June.

Visit for more information on the scheme.