If you don’t have a bike of your own there are various cycle hire options, including adapted bikes, and ways to buy one.
Santander Cycles MK Hire Scheme
We are excited to share the news that starting from June 8 2020, the Santander Cycles MK scheme will be relaunching! We know many of you may be looking for safe ways to get back to work as the country slowly reopens, and we are here to support you and get you moving around safely again.
To celebrate the relaunch, the first 30 minutes of every rental will be free to all Milton Keynes users until the 30th September 2020! This has been made possible due to generous funding from Santander. This is also the first time a pilot of this magnitude has been trialled long term in the UK and we are proud to be a part of that.
If you have already purchased a membership, your initial 30 minutes is free under your membership. The following 30 minutes will then be free under this new scheme. Rides over 60 minutes will be charged at the normal membership rate of £0.50 per 30 minutes. If you are a Pay As You Go rider, then your initial 30 minutes will be free under this new scheme. Rides over 30 minutes will be charged at the normal PAYG rate of £1 per 30 minutes.
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 santandercyclesmk.co.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 worred 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 Great Linford which repairs and recycles old bikes.
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.