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List of Local Authorities Currently Seeking Bike Share Suppliers.  
updated 07.01.21
CoMoUK collates a list of local authorities currently developing a bike share scheme for their area. The list is designed to support open transparent competitive procurement processes as well as reducing unnecessary approaches to city authorities. CoMoUK all cities interested in a scheme to provide us with their details for this list

Cities with tenders in developments:  Nottingham City Council.


Name of Authority:-Solent Transport

Solent Transport, a partnership between Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council, is planning to bring a new bike share scheme to the Solent area.   The intention is to pilot in central Southampton and Portsmouth before rolling out further afield across both cities as well as potentially to other areas across the Solent such as Winchester and the Isle of Wight.


This early market testing phase is designed to provide initial information on the proposed scheme to interested parties and for Solent Transport to gauge interest from potential suppliers wishing to be considered in the forthcoming formal procurement processes.  Any discussions held at this stage would not preclude any operator or interested party from participating in the development of the scheme, however it is anticipated that they may influence the preferred type of contract and operating model that is pursued.


Draft project goals:

  • introduce a large scale bike share scheme in the Solent area, widening travel options and providing a new, cost-effective method to access a range of education, training and employment opportunities
  • provide a bike share scheme that incorporates numerous areas of innovation, particularly around security, to increase scheme viability and longevity
  • support a number of other FTZ projects, in particular the MaaS platform, by offering an additional travel option within the range of options supporting MaaS and thus expanding the capabilities of MaaS and its potential market.  Availability, costs and bike share locations would be shown on the MaaS app with bikes easily booked and paid for in this manner
  • make journeys easier across the region, including multi-modal journeys
  • support the TCF projects in Portsmouth and Southampton, namely by enabling a reduction in short distance vehicular trips, complementing the TCF investment in bus and active travel priority corridors in both cities.  Bike share would also provide a first/last mile mode, building on investment in local mobility hubs and other interchanges


Minimum / non-negotiable requirements

  • Pedal bikes and electric bikes to be made available simultaneously
  • Station-based scheme, although the potential for virtual docks would be considered later on
  • Flexibility, for example to be able to offer cargo bikes in the future, or to be able to combine with e-scooters should they continue to have a presence in the area
  • Focus on security; bike robustness as well as secure docks

 Contact details


Name of Authority:- Reading Borough Council  

Reading Borough Council is seeking a commercial bicycle hire operator to run a cycle hire scheme across the Reading wider urban area. The scheme will predominately run within Reading, and will include provisions at key destinations within our neighbouring local authorities, Wokingham Borough Council and West Berkshire Council.


We have recently published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) – Reading Bicycle Hire Scheme – which sets out our requirements, and invites cycle hire companies to express an interest. This PIN gives potential operators advance notice that Reading Borough Council is considering undertaking a tendering exercise to let a contract for the provision, operation and maintenance of a bicycle hire scheme in Reading.

The PIN can be found at the following link, and will be accessible for the until 15/07/2020 – 12:00

PIN details


Name of Authority:- Liverpool City region 

Please see link below for Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Bike share scheme supplier day.

Supplier Day Details 

Contact David Brown 


Name of Authority:- Leeds City Council 

Are reviewing their tender plans.

Contact:  Ray Hill, Highways and Transportation,

0113 3788096



 Cities beginning this process see Bike SHARE Procurement Guidance and Bike Share Accreditation Criteria 
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