The electric bicycle scheme in Derby has been scrapped because of a recent spike in vandalism.
Vandalism caused by a group of offenders in April and May meant that more than two thirds of the ebikes became inactive and the estimated costs of repairs was significant.
As a direct result, and coupled with changes in the industry, Hourbike – a UK-based company, has struggled to cover the maintenance and operational costs, and the scheme is no longer financially sustainable.
This decision unfortunately means that, at the present time, there will no longer be a cycle scheme provision in Derby.
Scheme introduced (June)
It’s with great regret that the ebikes Derby electric bikeshare scheme has to close. Until spring this year, the scheme had been incredibly popular and successful with students, commuters and residents across Derby. However, after the recent spate of intensive and aggressive vandalism targeting our ebikes, Hourbike cannot financially afford to sustain the scheme going forward, the costs of repair are too significant. We would like to extend a big thank you to the people and businesses of Derby who made the scheme such a success.