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Major Updates

We make it easy for you to access the travel services we offer, by working in partnership with organisations and charities that already provide support to people who are looking to start or return to work.

How we can help

If you’re struggling to get to interviews, training or work – there are a few ways we can help:

  1. Free bus vouchers

If you need help with a specific journey, such as an interview, a careers fair, work-ready training or to start a new job, then you may be able get a free bus voucher. Our partner organisations will give these out, if they think they are suitable for you.

  1. Loan bikes

If you’re over 16, you are eligible to borrow a bike from the council.  The loan is free, but a returnable deposit is required. Loans are initially available for one month (two weeks for an electric bike), though there’s a limited number available for longer if required.

There’s a choice of bikes – electric assist, hybrid road and fold-up – all with a full kit of pannier bags, lights, locks and a bike computer.  You’ll be put in touch with a bike shop in Bath, who run the loan bike scheme for us.

To request a bike loan – either contact a partner organisation or email paul_thompson@bathnes.gov.uk quoting ‘Wheels to Work’.

Our partner organisations

  • Curo
  • Julian House
  • Clean Slate
  • B&NES Skills and Employment
  • Learn Direct
  • B&NES Children in Care/Moving On team
  • B&NES Worklessness programme
  • B&NES Welfare Support
  • Job Centre Plus
  • The Big Issue
  • Future Bright
  • Off The Record

3. Bike Kitchen

If you need to make your own bike more roadworthy, we have a regular cycle maintenance workshop – see our flyer below. There is no charge for Wheels to Work customers who are referred through our partner organisations; if you don’t have a bike we may may even be able to provide one for you.

Funding

Wheels to Work West has been developed under the Access Fund and is part of a wider programme of work, funded by the Department for Transport and the West of England Partnership, to encourage sustainable travel, economic growth and reduce carbon emissions. Its specific aims are to overcome transport barriers that may prevent people accessing employment and training opportunities in the West of England.

For more information, contact paul_thompson@bathnes.gov.uk

Bike Kitchen leaflet

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