Cycle loan scheme
Are you thinking about taking up cycling? Whether it’s for fun, fitness or you just want an easy way to get around, there’s lots of help available to get you back in the saddle.
And if you live, work or study in Lewisham, finding out if cycling suits you has never been easier.
For only £10 you can borrow a quality bike for a month. We include a helmet, bike lock and high visibility vest so you’re ready to ride. And if, at the end of the month, you want to buy your bike, we can offer some great discounts.
We are also offering free cycle lessons so whether you’re a complete beginner or just want some tips to get you back on the road, you’ll find help and support.
How does the cycle loan scheme work?
Complete the application form. You will then be contacted by someone from the London Cycling Campaign who will discuss with you exactly what you need.
You will be given a date and location where you can collect your bike. Take along some ID, your £10 and cycle away.
At the end of the month, bring the bike back and if you want, buy it at a reduced price.
Do I get to keep the bike for the four weeks?
Yes. The bike is yours to use as you wish. You will need to store it at home when you are not using it.
What is provided with the bike?
All bikes come with a helmet, lock and high visibility vest. There are also optional items like lights and child seats at no extra cost.
What types of bike are available?
We have a range of men’s and women’s bikes in various sizes. The bikes are suitable for riding on roads and firm tracks, for commuting and leisure. There are also some folding bikes which can be taken on many trains, buses and the tubes.
What forms of ID do I need to show?
- Photographic ID – passport, driver’s licence
- Work place or student ID
- Proof of address – for example a council tax or utilities bill
How do I pay for the loan scheme?
You can bring the £10 with you when you come to collect your bike.
What can I do with my bike and where can I take it?
There is no limit on use. We want you to use it as much as possible and wherever possible to experience how cycling can fit into your lifestyle.
Can I extend the loan beyond four weeks?
The loan is for four weeks only and it is likely that other participants will be waiting to use your bike.
Do I have to pay a deposit?
What happens if the bike is stolen or damaged?
If your bike is stolen, you need to contact the police immediately to obtain a crime reference number. You should then contact us as soon as possible with the details. Depending on the circumstances, we will let you know whether we can lend you another bike.
If your bike is damaged you should contact us immediately to discuss the damage and whether the bike can or should still be used.
I understand that I can buy a bike through the scheme, how does this work?
There are some attractive buying options through the scheme which will save you money. These will be explained to you during the loan period.
Are there any cycle lessons included?
A free two-hour cycle lesson can be arranged through the Road Safety Team.