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Kickstart (Wheels to Work) - e-bikes

Information about the new e-bikes available through the Kickstart (Wheels to Work) scheme, funded by the Department of Transport as part of the Get Active East Riding programme. Who can access the scheme, how much it costs, information about training offered and how to contact the team. 

What is an e-bike?

An e-bike, or electric bike, is a bicycle that has been modified or manufactured to include an electric motor to help whilst pedalling. They are being made available as part of the Wheels to Work scheme which includes rental of scooters and e-bikes.

The scheme currently has two types of e-bikes available:

‘Chic’ e-bike – RooDog website

‘Mayfair’ e-bike – RooDog website

Accessories

You will be provided with a helmet, high visibility jacket and cycle lock.

Am I eligible to apply for an e-bike?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be aged 18 years or above
  • reside inside the boundaries of the East Riding of Yorkshire
  • be able to secure your e-bike at your home either in a locked shed, outbuilding or garage.

Before you apply, please ensure you have the following:

  • a valid email address
  • a bank account (to set up your direct debit)
  • details of two character references.

How long can I have an e-bike for?

If you are eligible we will provide you with an e-bike for up to one year.

Can I leave the scheme at any time?

You can leave the scheme at any point by calling or emailing us to let us know. 

Please note: you will be charged rent for a full month regardless of whether you return the bike at the beginning of the month or the end of the month. 

What if I am not sure which option is better for me?

If you are unsure whether an e-bike or scooter is the best option for you, please get in touch.

You can also ask at a customer service centre or your local Jobcentre, where an adviser will be able to help you with the online application process.

To apply you will need to meet certain criteria.

How much does it cost?

Everyone joining the scheme must pay a £55 start-up fee, which includes a helmet, hi-vis jacket, cycle lock and £35 of refundable deposit as a bond for accidental damage at the end of the scheme. You can keep your helmet and jacket after the end of the scheme.

You will be required to pay a monthly rental charge of £35, which must be paid by Direct Debit after the 25th of every month. 

We also provide a free two-hour bike ability course and two-hour basic cycle maintenance course.

Will I get any training?

Bike ability course

As part of the scheme, you will receive a free, two-hour bike ability course, delivered by the council’s road safety team. The course is tailored to your needs whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced cyclist. Completion of this course is essential before you receive the e-bike.

Cycle maintenance course

You also have the option of taking part in a free two-hour basic cycle maintenance course. We would strongly advise coming along to this course so that you can competently complete daily, weekly and monthly maintenance checks of your e-bike. Monthly maintenance checks are a requirement of your rental agreement.