Two-wheeled travel: Where to hire bikes around Leeds

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 26th May 2018, 6:00 am
Updated Sunday, 27th May 2018, 1:41 pm

Travelling around Leeds doesn't have to be limited to buses or trains.

Cycling can offer a more fun, quick and easy way of getting around, and with numerous bike hire hubs dotted around the city, two-wheeled travel is becoming much more convenient.

Pedego Electic Bike Rental

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Offering both hourly and daily rentals from just £15, Pedego provides a fun way to cruise around the city or further afield.

Available for rental at two points in Leeds, the electric bikes are perfect for giving you that little extra push up tough hills, making the ride less taxing than on a regular bicycle.

Rental points: Casa Mia Restaurant, 10-12 Stainbeck Lane, LS7 3QY / 9 Buslingthorpe Green, LS7 2HG - pedegoeurope.com

University of Leeds Bike Hub

Available to both staff and students at the University of Leeds, the Bike Hub offers bike rentals, maintenance, route advice and cycle maps, along with discounted locks and lights for safety.

The hub boasts a large stock of Ridgeback hybrid bikes which are ideal for city cycling, quality bikes and can be hired for a cost of £22 (plus a security deposit of £100) for a period of three months.

Rental point: Bike Hub by the end of the EC Stoner and Roger Stevens buildings, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT - sustainability.leeds.ac.uk

Leeds Beckett University Bike Hub

Students at Leeds Beckett University are able to hire bikes from the Bike Hub, on the University of Leeds campus, or BixFix, a workshop at the back of the James Graham Building on the Headingley Campus, by simply showing your student ID.

All of the bikes are 21 speed Ridgebacks equipped with a lock, front and rear lights, luggage rack and puncture resistant tires, and can be rented for a cost of £35 for three months, plus a £50 deposit.

And if you decide to extend your rental contract for a further three months, the cost is reduced to just £10.

Rental point: Bike Hub by the end of the EC Stoner and Roger Stevens buildings, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT / BikeFix Workshop, LS6 3HF - leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Wellington Place

MEPC Wellington Place offers free bike hire to all Wellington Place employees, offering city workers a more convenient, cost effective way of travelling around.

Six bikes are stored behind 1 Wellington Place and can be hired by employees free of charge using the App-Bike app.

These bikes can be reserved up to three hours prior to when you want to use them and with the Leeds and Liverpool canal towpath located close by, it's ideal for enjoying a spot of fresh air on a lunchtime.

Rental point: 1 Wellington Place, LS1 4AP - wellingtonplace.co.uk

Bike Libraries

Launched in 2016 following the success of the Tour de Yorkshire, in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire and Cycle Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme boasts a total of 46 bike libraries around the region, with 13 hire sites based in Leeds.

Bikes are available for loan to both adults and children, and can be hired for a range of periods from a day to a week or over.

To find a bike library near you, check the interactive map on the website.

Ofo

The world's first dockless bike scheme is due to launch in the city before summer, allowing Leeds residents to hire a three-speed bike via a smartphone app, ride it anywhere in the city and lock it again, for a cost of 50p for a 30-minute journey.

A fleet of 1,000 bikes will be available for rental and while the scheme will launch in the city centre initially, there are plans to expand into the suburbs and nearby towns shortly after.

More info: ofo.com