Decision details

Procurement of a Public Bike Share Operator for Leeds

Reference: D48629

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Approval to the principle of developing a Bike Share scheme for Leeds and to commence the procurement is to be sought with the intent to report back to Executive Board for further decision following completion of the procurement.


Further to Minute No. 149, 7th February 2018, the Director of City Development submitted a report which sought approval to commence a procurement exercise to deliver a sustainable public bike sharing scheme for Leeds through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) compliant tender process.


In considering the proposals detailed within the submitted report, Members highlighted that in order to help the scheme to succeed, Leeds would need to learn from the issues experienced in other towns and cities which had previously established a bike share programme, whilst it was also emphasised that a robust system for the recovery of bikes would be needed in order to provide reassurance to the public. 



(a)  That the contents of the submitted report, together with the progress being made towards achieving a bike share scheme for Leeds, be noted;


(b)  That the proposals for pursuing the establishment of a Bike Share scheme for Leeds, together with the development of the proposed specification in line with the key attributes as detailed within paragraph 3.5 of the submitted report, be endorsed;


(c)  That approval be given to commence with the formal tender process to procure a public bike sharing scheme for Leeds in compliance with the Council’s procurement procedure rules and in adherence to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) competitive tender process;


(d)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer Highways and Transportation will be responsible for the implementation of such matters in order to enable a scheme to launch in Spring 2020.


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Establishing a public bike hire scheme in the city is a key Action identified in the Cycling Starts Here Strategy. The CSH Strategy went through a full public consultation in 2016.

A procurement requirement will be for the appointed operator to work with the Council to consult and shape roll out of a scheme following further reporting to Executive Board in due course.


Consultees will include as a minimum:

Elected Members.

WYCA and local authorities.

Emergency services

Education sector

Health sector

Bike Share sector

Business sector

Community sector

Further consultation plans will be developed during the procurement and in preparation for final Executive Board decision

Contact: Andrew Hall, Acting Head of Transportation Services 0113 393 7589 Email:

Report author: Andrew Hall

Publication date: 29/04/2019

Date of decision: 17/04/2019

Decided at meeting: 17/04/2019 - Executive Board

Effective from: 01/05/2019

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