Council backs free bicycle loan scheme

Release date: 11 August 2016

Cotswold District Council is promoting a free bicycle loan scheme that is operating in Gloucestershire.

The Gloucestershire Bike Project, together with Thinktravel, the county’s sustainable travel initiative, is offering residents the opportunity to try cycling for free for two months.  The scheme loans out new hybrid or town bikes and can also supply a helmet, lights and a lock as part of the free two month trial.  All that is needed in return is a refundable deposit and two forms of identity for checks. 

Cllr Alison Coggins, CDC Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure, welcomes this great offer:

“The scheme has been running for over 18 months and I understand that hundreds of people have been able to borrow a bike, many of whom have enjoyed the experience so much that they have gone on to buy one.  I am sure that there are many more residents in the Cotswolds who would relish this opportunity to get fit and also enjoy the experience – and convenience - of travelling by bike.”

Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, CDC Cabinet Member who oversees the Cirencester Parking Project, and the Project Chairman Cllr Mark Harris, are equally enthusiastic:

“We are encouraging people to get out of their cars and try other modes of transport whenever possible, especially in Cirencester where car parking can be a problem at times.  We’ve recently opened a new bike shelter at the town’s Old Station car park and we will provide more parking for bikes if there is sufficient demand.”

For details about the free bicycle loan scheme please call 01452 690979 or email





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