What is hirebike?
hirebike is a 24 hour on-street bike sharing service, providing bicycles for hire for residents, commuters and visitors across Lincoln. By Autumn 2017, there will be up to 125 pedal bikes and 20 electric bikes in the network.
How does it work?
hirebike is very simple. Ideally download the app or sign up on the website as either a casual or annual member. Alternatively you can call us on 01522 370 143. Once you've signed up as a member, you'll receive a membership number and PIN. Simply key in your membership number and PIN at any of the stations and select a bike to rent. You can return the bike to any station, not just the one you rented it from.
Where are the bikes / stations located?
What about helmets?
Can I use a bike without my membership card or PIN number?
What if I forget my PIN?
I've noticed a bike at the station has been damaged.
What if there aren't any bikes at the station?
What if there is a technical problem with the station I want to return the bike to?
What if the station where I want to park the bike is already full?
How long can I take a bike for?
Casual memberships require no sign up fee, and prices are £2 an hour for a pedal bike and £3 an hour for an e-bike.
Annual memberships require a sign up fee of £20 for a pedal bike, giving the member the first 30 minutes free, and £40 for an electric bike, with the initial 20 minutes free on each journey. After the free period, hourly charges are £1 for a pedal bike and £2 for an electric bike.
Student memberships are £14 for pedal and £28 for electric. Please check on our student page to see if your college/university qualify.
Minimum credits are needed to sign up as follows: £5 per bike on a pedal annual membership and £10 on an annual electric membership. Casual memberships require £2 for pedal, and £3 foe electric per bike.
Corporate memberships are also available. See the Corporate page for more information.
How to open the combination lock
- Line the four numbers up against the small triangle shapes
- Push the two big silver shapes TOWARDS the numbers
- The lock will pop open
***** E-bike Specific Questions *****
Where can I pick up an e-bike?
Phase 1 of the introduction of the electric bikes includes the following locations: The Lawn, Burton Waters (Marina Roundabout), St Marks Shopping Centre and Skellingthorpe Community Centre. See our map page for exact locations.
Do I need a license for an e-bike?
How fast do the e-bikes go?
How do I make the e-bike work?
When you have undocked the e-bike, you will need to press the on button on the left handlebar to turn the bike on. You can tell the bike is on at any time as the front lights will be on, and the rear light will be flashing.
How old do I have to be to use an e-bike?
Could an e-bike run out of power whilst I’m using it?
How do the e-bikes charge?
Can you pedal an e-bike as well as use the electric motor?
I am a member of the existing hirebike scheme, but want to use electric bikes too. What do I need to do?
I have a complaint, how do I raise this?
What resources are available to assist with safe riding practices?
A very good question! For lots of useful information and hints and tips on safe cycling please see this page (https://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-you-can-do/cycling/cycling-safety-and-rules/road-safety-cyclists) on the Sustrans website.