What is the RIDES scheme?

RIDES (Realising Innovative Deliveries in Eastleigh and Southampton) is a trial service that allows local organisations or community groups to hire an electric cargo bike for free and see whether they can provide a practical alternative for urban deliveries or travel. The purpose of the trial is to support and encourage the uptake of alternative sustainable delivery methods across the Southampton City and Eastleigh Borough Region.

Southampton City Council, in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council, are making a fleet of electric cargo bikes available to businesses and educational, charitable, community and voluntary sector organisations for the trial.

View our RIDES flyer here.

How is RIDES funded?

RIDES was initially funded by a £50,000 grant from the Government’s eCargo Bike Grant Fund, following a successful funding bid in partnership with The Hub Cycleworks and Monty’s Bike Hub, supported by Zedify Southampton. The Department for Transport funding, which was administered by the Energy Saving Trust, is designed to help organisations foster a more sustainable approach to operational practices.

The scheme is now funded through the Local Capability Fund by the Department for Transport, along with funding from Eastleigh Borough Council.

How to get involved?

Please read the guidance document to get more information on types of bikes; how to apply and more.

If you are interested in trialling a RIDES e-cargo bike, please email the RIDES project manager, Stuart Williams, at stuart.williams@southampton.gov.uk

Case Studies

Here are examples of how the RIDES e-cargo bikes are being used: