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.