New electric loan bikes available to trial for people wanting to commute to work in Bristol 

Young male cyclists standing with bike on sunny day

Better By Bike and Travelwest have recently purchased a new fleet of e-bikes ready to loan to people living, working or studying in Bristol. This is a great opportunity to borrow before you decide to purchase a new bike. 

If you are interested in cycling but don’t have a bike, or think it’s too far to travel, then the local authority funded Loan Bike Scheme can help. 

Since April 2021 we’ve loan bikes to over 250+ number of people, including key workers during COVID and given cycle training to over 160 people.

How it works 

  • The loan of an e-bike is for two weeks. Longer periods available for regular hybrid, folding bike. 
  • Bikes comes fully equipped with a pannier, front light, back light, D-Lock, wraparound lock and pump.  
  • Bikes need to be collected  from the Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Hotwells, BS1 6XN, Monday to Friday. Please book a pick-up appointment only during normal office hours. [LINK TO CREATE CENTRE] 
  • If you would also like some basic training to help boost your confidence, we can offer one to one training sessions with a qualified instructor, or a one off accompanied ride and route plan with a bike buddy.  

Bike availability 

Due to the popularity of the scheme, if we are unable to fulfil your request, we may offer you a variety of alternate bikes for you to borrow 

Types of bikes 

  • Converted e-Bikes – thinking of making your bike electric? We have partnered with Bristol based company Revolution Works to bring you converted Treks, Mongoose, Bristol Bikes, Ridgebacks. Sizes 16″-21″.  
  • Regular e-Bikes – Need some help up the hills? An ebike is a great way to get around with a little assistance and makes longer journeys more comfortable.  
  • Foldable bicycles – Need to take a bike on a train or inside your house / office? This bike conveniently folds down allowing you to carry onboard a train or store at your home or workplace  
  • Hybrid bicycles – A regular bike suitable for traveling around. These are lighter than ebikes and gives you more flexibility to ride where you want. These bikes have a reduced deposit to pay and you can borrow for a longer period.  

To register your interest  

All bicycles are regularly serviced by a qualifies mechanic.

You’ll need to bring the following to your appointment: 

Simply complete the online booking form below and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible to reserve a bike and to arrange pick-up. 

  • A form of photo ID, such as a passport or a driving licence 
  • A deposit of £250 is required for electric bikes- this can be paid in the form of a cheque, or in cash, or by card.