A total of £85,000 is being spent on four “e-cargo” bikes and two docking stations for Hereford.

Capable of carrying loads of up to 80kg, the electrically assisted bikes are the latest addition to Hereford’s public bike share contract with Beryl, which already includes 200 pedal and 74 electric-assist bikes.

The grant money comes from Midland Net Zero Hub, which accesses Government funding for local authorities, and includes a “contingency” of £2,514 and a sum to maintain the bikes.


Herefordshire Council has approved the spending. Its spokesperson said: “The aim of the Midland Net Zero hub is to support public sector organisations in developing and financing local decarbonisation projects.

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“As this is grant funding Herefordshire Council will not be required to make any repayments back to the Midlands Net Zero Hub.”

Minus the contingency, the figure amounts to £20,621 per bike. They are of a type already in use in the London boroughs of Hackney and Westminster.

For comparison, the on-the-road price of new a Vauxhall Corsa and a VW Polo Life, two of Britain’s best-selling small cars, currently start at £19,235 and £20,070 respectively, according to personal finance site NimbleFins.