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Try-before-you-buy discounted electric cycle scheme

E-Cycle Switch

Published Monday, 19 July 2021

City of York Council has been awarded £133,040 from the Department for Transport to offer York residents the chance to try an e-cycle before considering purchasing one at a discounted price.

The ‘E-Cycle Switch’ scheme launches today, 19 July, offering anyone that lives, works or studies in York the opportunity to borrow an e-cycle from a participating local bike shop and trial it for 7 days with no obligation to buy. Once their trial is complete, participants will be eligible for a £300 discount off e-cycles at all participating bike shops.

The scheme includes an offer for participants with disabilities or mobility issues to trial an inclusive e-cycle suited to their mobility and accessibility requirements. The duration of the trial is subject to availability, ranging from 1 day to 7 days. For those who are eligible, an £800 discount will be available after their trial.

Longer trial usage and higher discount rates are also available for those either currently seeking employment or starting new employment having been unemployed. Job seekers will be able to try an e-cycle for up to 4 weeks (where availability allows) before considering purchasing one with a £600 discount.

Participant Discount Maximum trial period
Residents, students and commuters* £300 7 days
Job seekers or newly employed* £600 28 days
Participants requiring inclusive e-cycles* £800 7 days

*See the iTravel website for eligibility: E-Cycle Switch.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Transport said;

E-cycles present a great option for those not yet confident to cycle regularly and those considering cycling for those longer commutes and journeys.

"This trial will empower residents to make an informed decision before considering whether or not an e-cycle is right for them, and to get a taste of this unique and enjoyable way to get around.”

Taking part in the E-Cycle Switch scheme

Taking part in the E-Cycle Switch scheme is easy, just apply, try then choose whether you want to buy your e-cycle.


Sign up for your free e-cycle trial via the iTravel website: E-Cycle Switch.

Your chosen bike shop will then be in touch to make sure the e-cycle is just right for you and to arrange your e-cycle collection date.


Collect the e-cycle from your chosen bike shop and try it out for free.


There's no obligation to buy an e-cycle, but after your trial is complete you will be entitled to a £300 discount on a new e-cycle from our participating retailers. Some residents may be eligible for a larger discount.

Find out more about the discounts available and a list of participating retailers on the iTravel website: E-Cycle Switch.