Free Bike Loans

Free bike loans available now for Sandwell health and social care workers. Do you work in health and social care and live in Sandwell? Did you know you can access our council bike fleet – for FREE? Join the waiting list today!

DONATE A BIKE: If you can support this scheme by donating your unwanted bike, then please email staffbike_pool@sandwell.gov.uk or call 07790 945109”

We have received a high level of interest for the bike loan scheme and all bikes are currently allocated. To join the waiting list to receive a loan bike as they come available, plus information on other ways to start cycling, please register your details below.

 

Please fill in the form below to register your interest and a member of the Healthy Sandwell Team will be in touch.

 

 

Free bike loans available now for Sandwell health and social care workers

Our public health team are working in partnership with Cycling UK to offer key workers the opportunity to cycle to and from work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We know people may be feeling nervous about using public transport – and the government advice is to walk or cycle whenever possible. This could be a great opportunity to ‘get on your bike’!

Available to health and social care staff who live or work in Sandwell, our bikes come supplied with lights, helmet and a removable bag.

If your journey to work is local why not hire one for free and give cycling a go?

Even if you’ve not cycled as a form of transport before, the benefits are huge for both physical and mental wellbeing.

Get in touch to find out more. Email: staffbike_pool@sandwell.gov.uk or call 07976 556676.

 

Key worker bike scheme – some questions you may have:

How will I be able to get hold of my bike?

You can collect your bike from our location in Smethwick. If you are unable to collect the bike yourself, we can arrange to have it delivered within Sandwell and the surrounding area.

Do I need anything else to cycle to work?

We will provide you with a helmet, a lock and if requested a pannier (a large removeable bag that attaches onto the bicycle that you can use to comfortably carry your belongings). The bikes are fitted with lights. You may want to wear or carry waterproofs in case of bad weather.

My workplace doesn’t have shower facilities, do I need to wash after cycling?

For the majority of people, cycling at a relaxed, sensible pace should not make you exert yourself to need to wash afterwards. Carrying equipment in a pannier instead of in a backpack will keep your body cooler.

I am not confident cycling on the road, can I cycle on the pavement?

We are loaning bikes for people to use for transport in order to provide a safe option for getting to work. If you are not confident cycling on the road it is safer for you to travel by an alternative mode of transport.

What types of bikes are available?

The majority of the bikes we are loaning are robust city bikes with a comfortable saddle, upright posture and easy gearing. They have fixed dynamo lights that come on automatically when you pedal and a front and back rack to carry bags. They are suitable for people of all shapes and sizes. Our co-ordinator will adjust the bike to fit you when you pick it up/it is delivered. We also have a small number of mountain bikes that may be more appropriate if your journey involves an unsurfaced canal towpath.