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Leeds City Bikes Scheme Lands on Campus 

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A fleet of electric bikes has arrived on the University of Leeds campus as part of the Leeds City Bikes scheme, supported by the Sustainable Travel principle of the University Climate Plan. 

The distinctive yellow and grey electric bikes are available to hire by the minute through an app. They are designed to help more people to cycle shorter journeys, reducing congestion and encouraging active travel.  

Docking stations have now been installed on the University of Leeds campus, with locations including near the Roger Stevens building, Central Village and at the southern entrance to campus near the Nexus building.  

The new locations join a growing network of docking stations which are located across the city centre, and along the Woodhouse Lane corridor. The first phase of installations took place in September 2023 and included two sets of docking stations outside the Parkinson Building. 

The Leeds City Bikes scheme is operated by Beryl on behalf of Leeds City Council, and the bikes must be hired from and returned to designated docking stations. The app allows users to pay by the minute, or purchase bundles of minutes at a discounted price.  

The work is part of the Connecting Leeds Transport Strategy which aims to make Leeds a city where you don’t need a car.  It is funded through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transforming Cities Fund, which aims to make it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport.   

Hannah Pettavel, Sustainability Programme Officer for travel at the University of Leeds said: 

“We're keen to support initiatives that help make active travel more accessible across Leeds. Alongside our existing Bike Hub and cycling facilities on campus, these new e-bike locations will help provide more options for sustainable travel amongst our staff, students and visitors to campus.” 

Until July 2024 Students can receive 25% off the cost of minute bundles when you register with your university email address. 


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work on sustainable travel is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 13: Climate action
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.

United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communitiesUnited Nation Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate action United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals