Derby Cycling Group say the city’s new ebike scheme should be expanded so there are docking stations in suburbs – not just around the city centre area and at university sites.
The scheme – funded by a £450,000 sustainable transport bid and a £100,000 cash injection from the University of Derby – sees electric bikes provided for hire via an app and website.
There are 22 docking stations at the moment, none of which are in the true suburbs.
Tony Roelich, Campaigns Coordinator for Derby Cycling Group, said that the scheme’s phenomenal success shows the potential for a more “interconnected cycle network” in the city.
He said: “I’ve noticed the ebikes in Sinfin, Normanton and Allenton.
“We understand that the original scheme was for University and business use, but the actual usage shows that there is also a wider demand from the general public which needs to be met as well.
“The beauty of the scheme is that the docking stations can be moved.”
He said that the group are urging the council to follow up on expanding the system to meet the demand from ebike users around the city.
He said: “The scheme is so successful, so if it is extended it could be successful in other areas too.
“The scheme shows that people would like to cycle, but may have been prevented from doing so.”
Tim Caswell, owner of Hourbike which operates the Derby ebike scheme, said: “We are delighted that our ebikes are proving so popular and being enjoyed by so many people.
“Currently our focus is on rolling the scheme out across existing hubs but we would be happy to consider suggestions for new hubs in the future.”
People looking to use the ebikes should register to ride through the ebikes Derby website or the Social Bicycles App for iOS or Android. They will be given a six-digit account number and can choose a PIN.
Here’s where the ebike docking stations currently are
University of Derby sites
The Railway Station
The Council House
The Market Place
Royal Derby Hospital
The Rail Technology Centre, London Road
St Peter’s Street
Saint John’s Terrace
After a couple more instructions, the ebike will be released from its docking station and can be taken for a ride. At the end, the ebike should be taken back to an ebike hub, or a public cycle rack, which could incur an additional fee.
Each bike is fitted with a tracking device and so the council, which is running the scheme with the University of Derby, says it knows where they all are and is able to charge people extra if they break the rules.
Rides cost 3p a minute with a minimum spend of £1.
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