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Setting up a community bike share scheme

A community bike share scheme is one that is set up and run by a community-based organisation, typically with between 1-30 bikes.


We have created a guide to support the development of community bike share schemes, split into seven easy to digest sections. The information is designed to support groups on their journey all the way from the early planning stage through to delivery.


The documents can be downloaded using the links below.

The guidance is designed to give you food for thought, to help assess what solutions may be best for you; organisations must always ensure their own procedures are fit for purpose.


Scroll down for the supporting documents for the guidance and to find out a bit more about how we can support you set up your own community bike share scheme.



Photos: Arran Eco Savvy

Bike share in the age of Covid


The following advice is intended as a guide. Please check and follow national and local guidelines alongside these basic steps where appropriate.

  • Contact points on the bike and accessories should be sanitised when collecting and returning – riders may wish to wear gloves for further protection
  • Ensure you have provided users and staff with a suitable supply of anti-bacterial wipes and sanitising products
  • Request that all users follow the current government guidelines, specifically on physical distancing, mask wearing and hand hygiene
  • You may wish to add a section to your user agreement to cover these matters and display notices for users

Support from CoMoUK


Communities in Scotland are able to take advantage of a service provided by CoMoUK wherein we can offer support and advice to those communities setting up and running shared bike schemes. To find out more and enquire about how we can help you, please get in touch using the link below.





Community car and bike share forum


We run a quarterly online meet up for communities interested in the latest developments around car and bike share schemes. To find out more and request an invitation to join us please email us using the link below.


Contact us



Q: Who is this guidance aimed at?

A: The guidance is suitable for anyone thinking about setting up a bike share scheme in their community or those already part way through the process. Those already running schemes may also find useful information in the documents to help them improve what is in place.


Q: How should I best digest the guidance?

A: You may be at different stages in the planning process, so the guide has been broken down into sections. If you are at the beginning of your bike share journey, we recommend you read them in consecutive order. However, for those already part way through you may find certain sections may be more relevant to you.


Q: Who can set up a community bike share scheme?

A: A community bike share scheme is one that is set up and run by a community-based organisation. These could include (but are not limited to), development trusts, climate action groups, local action groups, community networks, community centres, tourism groups or small councils in partnership with community groups.


Q: How big are community bike share schemes?

A: In Scotland this category currently applies to fleets numbering 1 – 30; on average most community schemes have around 10 bikes.

Closed bike share schemes


The guidance is not for groups wanting to set up closed schemes – for example universities wanting to set up a scheme for its staff or students. Sustrans have provided guidance on workplace schemes which may give you with information you need relating to closed schemes:


Sustrans CLOSED SCHEME guidance



Supporting documents


Bike Share Comparison Table

Bike Share Membership Form Template

Bike Share Monthly Bike Maintenance Check Template

Bike Share Risk Assessment Template

Bike Share Scheme Task List Template

Example Survey Questions

Models of Bike Share

User Agreement