The Totnes Community Electric bikes project has several electric bikes available from January 2015. For a small annual fee several individuals (usually 5 or more) share the use of a bike in their area, with one household 'hosting' the bike in a suitably accessible place. The electric bikes are insured and regularly serviced and are fully equipped with panniers and lights.
If you'd like to find out more please contact Mary Popham on email@example.com or 07815 799996 . The project could arrange a taster session in your area, so that you and your neighbours could try out an electric bike.
In addition, Leatside surgery also hosts an electric bike through the project. This bike is available to hire by the week at minimal cost. Ask at reception if you are interested.