North Somerset Council announces free bike loans for key workers

North Somerset Council’s Borrow a Bike scheme is now being used to help key workers get to work.

The scheme, which usually gives North Somerset residents the opportunity to loan a bike for two weeks, is now temporarily available for key workers only. The change enables key workers to borrow a bike for up to three months with no charge and means that they can observe social distancing whilst making essential journeys.

Run by the council’s partner Bicycle Chain, who are still able to open as per government guidelines, a range of bikes are available including hybrids, folding and electric bikes.

The bike scheme is funded by North Somerset Council through the Department for Transport’s Access Fund and was originally designed to help people get back into cycling with the associated health and environmental benefits. However, the bikes are now proving a very useful travel option whilst lockdown measures are in place.

Our Key Workers are working hard to provide our essential services, and we are pleased to be able to offer them free bike loans and help make their journeys to work easier and safer. This would not have been so easy to do if the fantastic Borrow a Bike scheme was not already in place.

Executive Member for Transport, Councillor Tonkin

Key Workers interested in taking up the offer should complete the form at All bikes are collected from Bicycle Chain in Weston-super-Mare.

Press release by North Somerset Council.