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Lambeth Council and LCC launch 'Try Before You Bike' cycle trial scheme...

If you live, work or study in the London borough of  Lambeth and fancy trying out city cycling before investing in a bike, Lambeth Council and London Cycling Campaign Projects have jointly launched a ‘Try Before You Bike’ scheme allowing users to hire a bike, lock and safety equipment for four weeks for £10.

There’ll be cycle training and maintenance courses on offer throughout the loan period too, and a 24-hour phone line for practical help.

In return, the users have to keep a diary of the cycling they do.

When the hire period ends there’s the chance to buy the bike or return it.

There’s a range of men’s and women’s bikes available, including some folding models.

Induction sessions are run every Tuesday fortnight at a location close to Oval Tube Station and you can arrive anytime between 3pm and 8pm. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes to collect a bike and you’ll need to provide some photo ID and your address.

For more information on the scheme click here.

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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northstar [1108 posts] 1 year ago
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Tokenistic at best as you will probably be murdered riding it.

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belgravedave [263 posts] 1 year ago
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What a brilliant idea! Hopefully it will be a roaring success that other councils will adopt.

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northstar [1108 posts] 1 year ago
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Fail ^ k thx bai x

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KOShea20 [6 posts] 1 year ago
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i did this at Decathlon in Canada Water, i tested a bike for 2 weeks before then buying a new one. However, I wasn't even forced into buying one, great service i must say

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A V Lowe [570 posts] 1 year ago
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Deals of bike hire inclusive with rent (for car free housing - ran from 2005-2009 with pre BCH bike hire scheme in London) or as employee/student benefit (already running at Greenwich and GSK) plus of course inclusive with travelcard (The Key - Newcastle, and SWTrains Brompton hire since 2009 at special rate to season ticket holders.

A workplaces scheme also ran in Southwark documented in a TfL report.

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bikebot [1641 posts] 1 year ago
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It sounds like a very good scheme, and I like the fact that they're offering cycle training as part of this.

I wouldn't advise anyone new to cycling to set off on a commute to the centre of London for the first time without some support. If they're lucky they'll have an experienced friend or co-worker who can show them the ropes, but a few lessons are the next best option.