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Derby's electric bike scheme scrapped due to vandalism

An ebike in Derby Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

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.

I’m extremely disappointed that such a successful scheme with high demand has had to close.

However, Derby City Council is committed to a scheme of this type that encourages more people to cycle and be active, which in turn improves the quality of air in our city and reduces congestion.

Moving forward in the short term, we will continue to work with our partner, the University of Derby to review lessons learnt from the ebike scheme. Alongside this we are already starting the process of investigating and considering all possible options for a bigger and more ambitious scheme to be launched in the future.

– Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transportation, Derby City Council
2018
Scheme introduced (June)
7,000
Riders
150,000
Miles covered

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.

– Tim Caswell, Owner and Managing Director of Hourbike