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UK Bike Sharing Market To Reach USD 526.83 Million By Year 2030

The UK Bike Sharing market size was valued at $ 282.70 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $ 526.83 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 9.3% from 2023 to 2030.

Swati Kalagate
Service Industry
Pristine Intelligence LLP

According to a new report published by Pristine Intelligence, titled, “Bike Sharing Market Bike Type, Sharing System User Type: UK Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2022–2030,” the UK Bike Sharing market size was valued at $ 282.70 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $ 526.83 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 9.3% from 2023 to 2030. Bike sharing has surged in popularity across the UK, driven by efforts to enhance environmental sustainability, alleviate traffic congestion, and promote active transportation. Leading this trend is Santander Cycles, previously dubbed Boris Bikes, renowned for its extensive network in London. Offering both membership and pay-as-you-go options, Santander Cycles provides thousands of bikes accessible through numerous docking stations, facilitating easy commuting and leisurely rides for residents and visitors alike.

In Cardiff, Nextbike has emerged as a prominent bike sharing scheme, recognizable by its vibrant yellow bicycles. Catering to both locals and tourists, Nextbike offers an affordable and convenient means of traversing the city. Utilizing a user-friendly app, individuals can swiftly locate and unlock bikes, streamlining the rental process and encouraging exploration of Cardiff's urban landscape. Similarly, Edinburgh boasts its own bike sharing initiative, Citybike, which disperses bicycles throughout the city for rent. Supported by smartcard and mobile app access, Citybike ensures seamless pick-up and drop-off experiences, contributing to the city's sustainable transportation ecosystem.  

The surge in urbanization across the UK has propelled the growth and adoption of bike-sharing services. As cities become more densely populated, traffic congestion and air pollution intensify, prompting residents to seek alternative transportation options. Bike-sharing emerges as a practical solution, offering an efficient means of navigating through congested urban streets, particularly for short-distance journeys. With limited and costly parking spaces in urban areas, bike-sharing eliminates the hassle of finding parking spots, providing a convenient and cost-effective mode of travel. Moreover, it fills the crucial "first-last mile" gap, complementing public transportation networks by facilitating seamless connectivity for commuters to reach their final destinations.

The increasing popularity and acceptance of bike-sharing in the UK present a host of opportunities that positively influence urban living and transportation. By promoting sustainable mobility, bike-sharing contributes to reducing reliance on fossil fuel-powered vehicles for short trips, consequently mitigating carbon emissions and improving air quality. Additionally, the rise in cycling encourages regular physical activity among the populace, fostering better public health outcomes and potentially decreasing healthcare costs. Furthermore, the expansion of bike-sharing schemes stimulates economic growth by generating revenue for service providers and creating opportunities for local businesses to capitalize on increased foot traffic and demand for related services such as bike maintenance, accessories, and tourism. Embracing these opportunities not only enhances urban environments but also fosters a more connected and vibrant community, paving the way towards a sustainable and healthier future.

UK Bike Sharing Market, Segmentation

The Bike Sharing market is segmented on the basis of Bike Type, Sharing System, User Type and region.

Bike Type:

the dominance currently leans towards traditional bikes rather than e-bikes. Several factors contribute to this dominance. Traditional bikes have been ingrained in the culture and lifestyle of the UK for decades. They are familiar and widely accepted by people of all ages and backgrounds. This familiarity breeds comfort and confidence among users, making traditional bikes a natural choice for many. Infrastructure plays a significant role. The UK already has an extensive network of bike lanes and cycling-friendly routes tailored for traditional bikes. While e-bikes are gaining popularity, the infrastructure supporting them, such as charging stations, might not be as widespread or convenient compared to traditional bikes. This infrastructure gap can act as a barrier to the widespread adoption of e-bikes in bike-sharing schemes.

Sharing System:

The dominance currently leans towards docked bike-sharing systems rather than dockless ones. Several factors contribute to this dominance. docked systems offer a sense of order and organization that appeals to both users and city planners. With designated docking stations, users know exactly where to find bikes and where to return them after use. This structured approach promotes reliability and convenience, especially for commuters and regular users who rely on the bike-sharing system as part of their daily transportation. Urban planning and municipal regulations also favor docked systems in many cities across the UK. Local authorities often prefer the predictability and control that docked systems provide, as they can regulate the placement of docking stations and ensure that bikes are parked in designated areas, minimizing clutter and obstruction on sidewalks and public spaces.


Several players, including both public and private entities, operate bike-sharing schemes in the UK. These range from local government initiatives to commercial ventures by bike-sharing companies. Each player brings unique offerings and approaches to bike-sharing, contributing to the diversity of services available. The UK bike-sharing market encompasses various service models, including docked and dockless systems. Docked systems feature designated docking stations where users can pick up and return bikes, providing structure and order to bike-sharing operations. Dockless systems, on the other hand, offer flexibility by allowing users to locate and unlock bikes using mobile apps, without the need for fixed docking stations. Technology plays a crucial role in the UK bike-sharing market, enabling features such as GPS tracking, mobile app integration, and payment processing. These technological advancements enhance user experience, streamline operations, and facilitate efficient bike fleet management.

Some of the leading Bike Sharing market players are

    • Santander Cycles (UK)
    • Lime (US)
    • Jump Bikes (US)
    • Mobike (China)
    • Ofo (China)
    • Nextbike (UK)
    • Beryl (UK)
    • Donkey Republic (Denmark)
    • Pony Bikes (Australia)
    • Brompton Bike Hire (UK)
    • Urbo (Ireland)
    • YoBike (UK)
    • Freebike (UK)
    • HumanForest (UK)
    • Voi (Sweden)
    • Bolt Bikes (Australia)
    • CityBike (UK)
    • Indigo Weel (France)
    • Byke (Germany)
    • Linka (UK) and Other Major Players.

key industry development

In January 2023, nextbike UK Ltd merged with TIER Operations Ltd, uniting their efforts to make bike sharing an essential part of urban and regional mobility as a single company. Over the past year, the two companies had already been collaborating on their shared mission of "Changing Mobility for Good," and they continued to do so following the merger.

In October 2022, Electric bikes were added to Transport for London's (TfL) cycle hire scheme, marking a momentous moment for cycling in the capital, according to Mayor Sadiq Khan. TfL made 500 e-bikes available to hire from 800 Santander Cycles docking stations. The cost was £3.30 per 30-minute ride, which was twice the price of standard bikes.

Key Findings of the Study / Key Industry Developments. 

    • The global bike-sharing market size was valued at $282.70 million in 2020 and is projected to reach $526.83 million by 2030, indicating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.3% from 2023 to 2030.
    • Bike sharing has experienced a surge in popularity across the UK, driven by efforts to enhance environmental sustainability, alleviate traffic congestion, and promote active transportation.
    • Nextbike has emerged as a prominent bike-sharing scheme in Cardiff, recognizable by its vibrant yellow bicycles. Catering to both locals and tourists, Nextbike provides an affordable and convenient means of traversing the city, with a user-friendly app streamlining the rental process. 
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