Electric Bike Sharing Scheme

Introducing a new cycle hire scheme in Dundee


Electric Bike Sharing Scheme

Innovation Pilot Partner: Ride On

A large-scale electric bike sharing scheme was launched in Dundee. An initial 250 electric bikes were deployed across Dundee, with up to 400 planned as demand grows.

Ride On delivered the service. They operate similar schemes in Madrid and Miami.

Users of the scheme are using Ride On’s proprietary integrated software that connects its e-bikes with its website, smartphone app, and recharge stations.

Through a series of site visits, working groups and stakeholder engagement sessions were completed to identify suitable locations for docking stations across Dundee. 105 sites were considered, of which 29 were deployed in phase one and two. Another 23 locations are viable for expansion.

There are currently 15 docking stations throughout Dundee with more being planned for the future.

The scheme has played an important role in increasing the uptake of cycling in Dundee from under 100,000 riders in Aug 2019 to around 175,000 in Aug 2021.

The scheme also supports a modal shift from car commuter trips. The operating area is 13 square kilometres and includes a resident population of 60,000-a workplace population of 38,000, and 15,000 households without cars. 80% of distances travelled in Dundee are less than 5km.

Alongside the easy access to car club vehicles, the cycle hire scheme will increase revenue opportunities for businesses and tourist destinations in Dundee by making the city a more attractive destination for visitors.