Have you tried Leicester’s Santander e-bike scheme yet? This summer you can enjoy free rides on specific days during the month thanks to BID Leicester.

With the free rides offer running during the summer, why not use it as an opportunity to get out and explore the Rocket Round Leicester trail.

Santander Cycles Leicester has been up and running since April, allowing users to make quick and easy trips across the city. When complete, it will be the largest docked e-bike hire scheme in the UK, with over 500 e-bikes available across 50 stations.

Every Wednesday in August plus the last Sunday of the month, £5 worth of credit will be offered to the first 200 people to email Ride On customer services.

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Simon Jenner, Director of BID Leicester, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer members of the public free rides on the Santander Cycles Scheme. We want to encourage people to get outdoors and get active this summer, using sustainable transport methods to get involved with some of the city’s great events, including Rocket Round Leicester.

“Leicester is a cycling-friendly city, so it will be great to see more people find confidence in travelling on two wheels. I hope these free rides will encourage people to get familiar with the e-bike scheme, making cycling an easy and safe option for everyone.”

E-bike docking stations cover the city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods. All journeys must begin and end at a docking station, but there are already 18 of these on streets and operational throughout the city centre.

The e-bike scheme is run by Leicester City Council, with sponsorship from Santander UK and additional investment from the operator, Ride On, and their delivery partner Enzen Global.

If you’d like to trial the bikes you can claim £5 credit for rides, which can be used on Wednesday 11, 18 and 25 August, and Sunday 29 August, and will be available to new and existing users. Simply download the ‘Ride On UK’ app and register for a free account, then email Ride on Customer Services at [email protected]with the code for the next available date. Codes are: BIDRRL11, BIDRRL18, BIDRRL25 or BIDRRL29 respectively. Credit can be requested up to midday on the Tuesday before the free ride, and is automatically applied to the users account.

For full information on the bikes visit the rideonleicester.com.