Oxford bike scheme upgraded to become first of its kind in the UK

By: OXONBIKE & Partners

people riding OxonBike bikes

OXONBIKE, the popular bike share network in Oxford, has added e-bikes (electric power assisted bicycles), to its existing pedal bike fleet to become the first scheme in the UK to offer both types of bikes.

OXONBIKE now offers up to 80 bikes at 13 docking stations across Oxford including the John Radcliffe Hospital, the Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. 

Sixteen of the bikes will be e-bikes. Their addition will broaden OXONBIKE’s appeal by making journeys by bike quicker and easier, reducing the effort for uphill and longer trips.  They improve the transport options in the City as well offering the health benefits of active travel to its users.

New docking stations are also being added to the OXONBIKE network at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Begbroke Science Park and Redbridge Park & Ride. The scheme now connects major employment centres including the Hospitals and Universities in Headington with the City Centre and the Park & Rides, enabling business and commuter trips to be conveniently made by bike.

Adam Bows, Sustainable Transport Manager at the University of Oxford said “The addition of e-bikes to the OXONBIKE fleet will take the pain out of cycling up Headington Hill and enable more University staff to travel quickly and sustainably between the Science Area, the OUH hospital sites in Oxford and Old Road Campus”.

“We encourage our employees to cycle to work so I welcome the addition of the e-bikes,” says Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. “They offer a great alternative for staff to quickly move around the Trust’s sites in Oxford, and other places around the city.”

The scheme expansion is funded by a £34,000 grant from the Department for Transport through Bikeplus’s Shared Electric Bike programme, with match funding of £30,000 from the University of Oxford with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality through active travel. With usage at £2/hour, the e-bikes offer a quick, reliable and easy way of getting about  town. To find out more and sign-up to the scheme visit www.oxonbikes.co.uk
OXONBIKE is a partnership between Hourbike the operator, The University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.
To start using the e-bikes, simply watch the ‘How to Use’ e-bike video at oxonbikes.co.uk and choose between the casual user and member tariffs. The casual user tariff is £1 an hour for pedal bikes and £2 an hour (or part thereof) for e-bikes. For regular users there are annual membership options which gives the user 20 or 30 minutes free hire, dependent on the bike type chosen.

Seven of the docking stations are equipped with electric docking points. E-bikes can be locked into any existing pedal docks but should ideally be redocked after use at an electric point in order to recharge:

  • Science Area (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Begbroke Science Park (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Old Road Campus (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Gipsy Lane (e-bike enabled dock)
  • JR Hospital (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Churchill Hospital (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Thornhill Park & Ride (e-bike enabled dock planned)
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
  • Warneford Hospital
  • Littlemore Mental Health Centre
  • London Road
  • Redbridge Park & Ride