Loan Bike Scheme – Try before you buy

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If you’ve not cycled for a while and would like to get back on a bike for fitness, leisure, or an easy and stress-free way to get to work, then why not give our Loan Bike scheme a try.

The Loan Bikes scheme is different from a daily Bike Hire as our quality bikes can be borrowed for up to a month, absolutely FREE of charge, and are a great way to boost your confidence and discover if cycling is for you before investing in a new bike! Since 2012, over 2,000 people have taken up our offer and gone on to cycle more frequently.

About the scheme

The loan bike scheme is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

All bikes are regularly serviced and come with all the accessories you’ll need – such as; a D-lock, cable lock, lights and pannier. If you require a helmet, you’ll need to supply your own.

Our friendly team can assist in helping you choose the right bike to loan, setting the bike up, advise on the best routes to use and if needed, book cycle training.

Contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.


Types of bikes (Subject to Availability)

  • Hybrid bikes – for city commuting and leisure cycling
  • Folding bikes – lightweight and easy to store
  • Electric bikes – great for helping you get up those steep hills!

Areas and conditions to borrowing a bike

AreaAgeLoan CostLengthDeposit*
Bath & North East Somerset16 yrsFREE1 month hybrid / folding
2 weeks electric
£50 deposit payable in Cash or Card
(£100 for electric bikes)
Bristol18 yrsFREE1 month hybrid
2 weeks electric
£100 deposit payable in Cash or Cheque
(£250 for electric bikes)
South Glos18 yrsFREE1 month hybrid
2 weeks electric
£100 deposit payable in Cash or Cheque
(£250 for electric bikes)
North Som18 yrsFREE2 weeks£50 deposit payable in Cash or Swipe Card

Terms and conditions

  • Available to anyone living, working or studying in the Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset Council local authority areas only.
  • Terms and conditions vary slightly by local authority area.
  • A deposit is required and repayment on the return of bike and accessories.
  • Due to high demand, the correct sized bike may not always be available at the time when you want it. If so, we will contact you as soon as a suitable bike is available.
  • More info will be provided on receipt of your application.

How to book?

Bath & North East Somerset

Complete the online form and someone will be in touch soon.

Bristol

Contact the Travelwest Sustainable Travel team to make an appointment and arrange to collect your bike

South Glos

Contact the Travelwest Sustainable Travel team to make an appointment and arrange to collect your bike

North Somerset

Contact the North Somerset Sustainable Travel team to make an appointment and collect your bike


Case Studies

Last year, the Travelwest Sustainable Travel team loaned over 180 bikes to people like you and many have since gone on to buy their own bikes and use a bike more regularly.

Here are some of their experiences:


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