Another chance to borrow a Bicester bike

The county council backed ‘Cycle for Bicester’ programme will be making another batch of bikes available to borrow on August 5, but you need to act now to get your name on the list.

Anyone wanting to try a more sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting around will be given all they need.

All you need is to work or live in the town and agree to swap one car journey per week.

So, for anyone who has been meaning to take to the saddle for a while, now could be the perfect time. If you would like more information contact the Bicester travel demonstration team on 01865 810461 or email travelchoices@oxfordshire.gov.uk

County Councillor David Nimmo, Cabinet member for transport, said: “The feedback from Bicester residents last year was very positive, which is why we have decided to run it again this year in a bigger and better way.

“This is probably the easiest way I have ever heard of for someone who wants to try cycling. It’s free, so there’s no reason for not giving it a go.”

Three main elements

Cycle for Bicester was launched in 2012 as part of the Eco-Bicester travel demonstration project.  It was funded from the CLG eco town grant held by Cherwell District Council and administered by the county council in partnership with the Bicester Green reuse centre.

The ‘Cycle for Bicester’ programme has three main elements:

  • Free bike loans (including with a child seat, trailer or tag-along attachment) and all the equipment you need for four weeks
  • There is a fleet of hybrid bikes (with child seat, tag-a-long or child trailer) and Brompton folding bikes available to borrow
  •  Free simple adjustments and repairs made to your bike free of charge at community bike fixes on the first Wednesday of each month (check the www.ecobicester.org.uk web site for the location) or on Sheep Street on the third Wednesday of the month
  • Free cycle confidence courses available to people who have not cycled for some time and would like advice and on how to tackle the cycling environment in the town.