Decision Maker: Executive Board
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Connecting Leeds Transport Strategy sets out the reasons for, and benefits of, increasing cycling in Leeds. The Leeds public bike hire scheme will provide everyone who travels in Leeds (be they residents, workers or visitors) with an opportunity to access a network of electric bikes and to use those bikes as an alternative to other modes of travel particularly for short distance trips.
Subject to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority allocating capital funding for the project, the Council commences procurement to secure a commercial partner to deliver and operate the scheme.
That the key financial risks and the ways to manage them are noted, and that the Board endorses the proposal to establish a revenue contingency pot.
The Director of City Development submitted a report regarding the development of a funding bid for circa £2.4 million for consideration by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to implement a docked, public electric bike hire scheme in Leeds. The report set out the benefits that the scheme could bring to Leeds and how it could support the aspiration to address inclusive growth, health and wellbeing and the climate emergency by providing people who travel within Leeds with an opportunity to access e-bikes and to use those bikes as an alternative to other modes of travel, particularly for short distances. The report also outlined the key financial risks and how they would be managed.
(a) That the proposal to introduce a docked, electric bike (e-bike) hire scheme be supported, which includes the approach towards the design, delivery and operation of the scheme, as detailed within the submitted report;
(b) That subject to WYCA allocating capital funding for the project, approval be given for the Council to commence procurement to secure a commercial partner to deliver and operate the scheme;
(c) That the proposed approach towards mitigating any financial revenue shortfall, as detailed within the submitted report, be endorsed;
(d) That it be noted that the Chief Officer Highways and Transportation will be responsible for the implementation of this scheme.
Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;
Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Infrastructure and Climate
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Internal and external consultation will be undertaken in early 2022. Early conversations with external stakeholders have demonstrated that there is a high level of support for a public bike hire scheme in the city.
Executive Member Infrastructure and Climate
City Centre Management
Highways & Transportation
Building Control (Access issues)
Planning for Growth
Health & Wellbeing
Parks & Countryside
Active Leeds Development
Communications & Marketing
Procurement & Commercial Services
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Leeds Cycle Forum
Leeds Access and Usability Group
Leeds Bike Mill
Contact: Lynsey McGarvey, Principal Transport Planner 0113 378 4157 Email: email@example.com.
Report author: Lynsey McGarvey
Publication date: 11/02/2022
Date of decision: 09/02/2022
Decided at meeting: 09/02/2022 - Executive Board
Effective from: 19/02/2022