Anybody that lives, works or studies in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames can be loaned a brand new bike for one month, free of charge. You'll also be loaned a helmet, lock and lights so that you'll have what you need to get cycling.
There's no limit on use - for the month of your free bike loan we want you to use it as much as possible and wherever possible to experience how cycling can fit into your lifestyle.
If you're a complete beginner or haven’t cycled for a while, and want to give it a try without the barrier of buying a new bike, then sign up for the scheme. We can also offer cycle training, on a one to one basis, to get you on your way.
At the end of the month, return the bike so that we can loan it to other participants, or buy it to keep at a reduced price. You can spread the cost of purchase with three payment instalments over three months.
Sign up for the bike loan scheme
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 tube.
To sign up:
- register using the online form and choosing the type of bike you would like
- you will be given a date and location where you can collect your bike (this is usually from Guildhall 2 in Kingston, Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm)
- bring some photo ID (such as a passport or driving licence, workplace or student ID), proof of address (such as a Council Tax or utility bill) and a £50 refundable deposit
- “I never cycled at all, but now I cycle every day to and from work”
- “I now have my own bike which I use to cycle to work. Before the scheme I was not cycling at all as I thought it might be too far”
- “Taking part in this scheme has rekindled my love of bike riding. I am planning to buy a new bicycle and will become a more active cyclist as a result of taking part in this scheme”
- “I think the scheme is great and I think the staff involved are very professional and really patient with dealing with novice cyclists”