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Access to bikes

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No bike?  No problem!

We want to increase the number of people who ride bikes for work and leisure.

The fact that not everyone owns a bike is not going to stop us!

Throughout 2021 there will be lots of ways for you to get cycling and get around MK on two wheels.

Maybe you would like to try an e-bike for that extra pedal power, or are just looking for two-wheels to get you from A to B.  Or maybe you fancy making those last mile deliveries for your business by e-Cargo bike. 

Whatever you want to do we’ve got you covered.

Access to Bikes

If you are on a low income or unemployed, we can provide you with a bike so that you can travel to education, training or work. To help riders build confidence, develop road safety awareness and mastery of a bike, cycle training will be offered with every bike.

When you receive your bike, we would like you to enter a partnership with us, we’ll supply the bike and teach you cycling skills if needed, you’ll ride regularly and keep in contact with the team to let us know how your cycling is going, plus any other benefits you may have discovered.

To join the scheme each applicant will need to meet eligibility criteria, you will need to;

  • Be referred by a Professional
  • Live within the borough of Milton Keynes
  • Be able to cycle to Bikeability Level 2 or attend a Level 2 cycle training course.
  • Agree to use the bike frequently or return the bike if you don’t use it.
  • Complete initial and follow up surveys.

For all enquiries contact cycling@milton-keynes.gov.uk

e-Bike Experience

Enjoy cycling without the effort!

Whatever you’re doing and wherever you want to get to we will soon have a pool of electric bikes available to get you there.

The e-Bikes will be available to be hired out on a monthly basis to get you from A to B with a little extra pedal power or just ride for fun and fitness.

Why should you try an e-bike?

  • You may wish to ride into the city centre and do your business without the expense of using your car.
  • You may be feeling your age and want the reassurance of the extra power.
  • You may want to commute to work, yet not arrive tired and sweaty from cycling.

We can help you with this without the initial total cost of ownership.

Launching soon on the 1st May 2021, you’ll be able to book a bike, collect from one of the monthly pop-up events, ride off into the sunset and we’ll see you again in 4 weeks’ time when you have been converted to the joy of riding an e-bike.

Bike hire and ways to buy one

Bike hire is available across Milton Keynes courtesy of Santander Cycles and Lime Bikes.  Whether for fun or for work, the cycle hire schemes will help you get around Milton Keynes more easily.

We know many of you may be looking for safe ways to travel as the country faces restrictions and slowly reopens, we are here to support you and get you moving around safely again.

Santander Cycles MK Hire Scheme

Santander Cycles MK is a fun, easy and great value way to get around Milton Keynes.

The bike hire scheme started in July 2016 and has over 500 bikes at over 50 locations across the city offering short-term use. Residents and visitors can register online, via an app or by phone. The scheme is run independently by Nextbike UK. For more information about locations, hire charges and becoming a user, visit their website Santander Cycles MK

Lime

Lime Bikes are electric assisted bikes, equipped with a 250-watt motor and a rechargeable lithium battery, the convenient green bicycles help riders climb hills and cover long distances without breaking a sweat!

You can be riding a Lime bike in three easy steps.

Locate  – Use the Lime app to find the closest Lime-E to you.

Scan – To unlock a Lime-E, simply scan the QR code located on the handlebars or the seat panel using the Lime app

Ride – You’re ready to go! Wherever your Lime takes you, remember to obey all traffic laws and always drive safely.

Lime are currently running a 20% discount on the minute rate.  Every weekday morning between 6.00 am and 9.30am!

Cycle to Work Scheme

The government backed scheme allows employees to purchase cycles and accessories via a salary sacrifice through their employer and can reduce the cost of purchases by around 20-40%. To get a bike on the scheme, your employer needs to sign up to a third party provider such as CycleScheme or Cycle Solutions. There’s more information about the benefits of the scheme and how to sign up on the Cycling Weekly website.

Recycled and second-hand cycles

If you can’t afford a new bike or are worried about it being stolen while you’re at work you could buy a second-hand one. Many cycle shops offer part-exchange for customers which means they have old bikes in the store room, pop in and ask.

Additionally, there are bicycle recycling schemes where people can donate their old, unused bicycles to cycling charities to be refurbished and sold at affordable prices. Cycle Saviours is a social enterprise in Stacy Bushes which repairs and recycles old bikes.

Cycle Shops

There are lots of places to buy a bike in MK including large national outdoor stores and independent local bike shops. Prices will range from just a few pounds  up to the tens of thousands; there’ll be something to suit every age, ability, budget and type of riding. Find your local shop on our interactive map.

Adapted Cycles

There are a number of facilities in Milton Keynes which have adapted bikes for hire including Action4Youth at Caldecotte Lake, MK Motion at Willen Lake and Freewheelers MK.

The Caldecotte Xperience has a range of bikes and accept short breaks vouchers. Contact them directly by phone on 01908 232042 or email caldecotte@action4youth.org

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