Leeds City Bikes being ridden

A new flexible and cost-effective way to pay for Leeds City Bikes

Leeds City Bikes - a fully electric public bike hire service delivered by Beryl in partnership with Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority -  are now cheaper and more accessible following the launch of a new payment option.


From today, riders can save money by paying for their journeys up to a year in advance by using the new Minute Bundle offer, available through the Beryl app. 

The offer allows users to buy 100 minutes for £16 but waives the £1 unlock fee every time they ride and allows the minutes to be used any time within 12 months of purchase. 

The new option is designed to maximise flexibility for customers and help make sustainable transport even more affordable. It will run alongside existing payment options, including Pay As You Ride as well as the Flexi, Commuter and Day Passes.* 

The Beryl Annual Rider Report for 2023 showed us that, of all the riders asked, 96% said convenience and 92% said cost was either somewhat important or very important to them when using e-bikes. 

Beryl CEO, Phil Ellis, said: “Our schemes are all about breaking down the barriers to active travel and encouraging as many people as possible out of their cars and onto two wheels.

“We listen to our users and know, from speaking directly to them, just how much value they place on the cost-effectiveness and convenience of our e-bikes.

“By acting on this feedback and delivering the improvements that our riders want, we can help contribute towards reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions and improving air quality.”

Councillor Helen Hayden, Executive Member for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, said: “By introducing the Leeds City Bikes scheme we considered the wider picture of how people travel, how they integrate and access different transport modes, and encourage people to choose the most suitable mode for their journey and fulfil our ambition of Leeds as a city where you don’t need to own a car.

“We want Leeds City Bikes to be accessible for as many people as possible and by introducing a flexible, affordable minute bundle, we hope it will open up more transport options for residents and visitors of Leeds city centre.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “We know pricing is important, now more than ever as we navigate the cost of living crisis together.

“We said we would continue to look at ways of bringing down the cost of hiring an e-bike, so I’m pleased people can access this latest offer, which builds on the student discount we’ve launched in recent weeks.

“Introducing an e-bike hire scheme is just one part of our work to create a better-connected region – they’re a great way to help us get around, boost our health and do our bit for the environment.”

The £2.86 million Leeds City Bikes scheme has been made possible thanks to funding secured through the West Yorkshire Mayoral devolution deal.

Hiring a bike is as easy as “app, tap and roll”: download the Beryl app to find your nearest e-bike, tap your phone near the handlebars to unlock it and off you go.

Since the scheme launched in September 2023, it has already generated nearly 14,000 journeys across nearly 36,000 kilometres.

This first phase of the rollout saw 200 bikes and 20 bays installed across the city centre and along key routes to the south and north west. Further bikes and bays are set to be delivered over the coming months, expanding the scheme further across the city. 

For more information, visit beryl.cc/scheme/leeds

*The Minute Bundle offer is currently not applicable to the Beryl Student discount


“We know pricing is important, now more than ever as we navigate the cost of living crisis together."

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire