Funding is available to community groups in South Gloucestershire to hire e-bikes for a six-month term. The e-bikes can be used by members of your group, your service users, your staff, or other members of the local community.

The e-bikes are suitable for leisure and commuting journeys. We can also provide training for free to help develop road safety skills.

The scheme aims to:

  • encourage the uptake of sustainable modes of travel
  • support the local economy with improved access to employment, education and training through the hire of e-bikes for members of local community groups
  • raise awareness and increase accessibility of e-bikes for those who don’t currently cycle


How to apply

If your organisation would like to apply for the scheme, send a completed grant application form to transport.policy@southglos.gov.uk.

If you do not have a printer, you can save the pre-application form to your computer or device and then complete it electronically. Make sure that you re-save the form when you finish so that you can send it to us by email.

Alternatively you can print the form and complete it in ink.

The deadline for applications is Friday 11 February 2022.

Download, save and edit or print application form


Include in your application:

  • a brief description of how the e-bikes will be used
  • if the e-bikes will be used to replace existing car journeys
  • any other benefits anticipated to result from use of the e-bikes
  • how you will promote the availability of the e-bikes
  • how many members are expected to benefit from the e-bikes
  • how many e-bikes your organisation can use

You can read the terms and conditions for applying to this scheme.

E-bikes and their benefits

An e-bike is a bicycle with a battery-powered motor which helps the rider up hills and steep terrain by pedalling or by pressing a button, depending on the type of bike you are riding. A single charge can last around 60 miles.

E-bikes can:

  • make journeys less tiring than riding a normal bicycle
  • make cycling more accessible to those who find physical exertion difficult
  • reduce journey times
  • be used instead of cars for local journeys
  • help to avoid the hassle of parking and traffic
  • be an environmentally friendly alternative

Charging an e-bike is done using a normal domestic 13A mains socket and is the responsibility of the organisation hiring the e-bikes and the users. In most cases the battery will need to be removed from the e-bike for charging.

The funding does not cover charging costs.

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