New Lincoln scheme provides jobseekers and students with bikes to travel to work

A free bike loan scheme has been launched in Lincoln to help provide jobseeker, apprentices and students with transport to and from work.

Try-A-Bike provides Lincoln residents who have recently secured employment with a long term and free travel option for commuting to work.

The scheme, organised by Access Lincoln, aims to support the city’s young adults with its long term and free cycle loan scheme.

Successful applicants receive a bike from Arrow Cycles for a minimum of six months to use for their daily journey to work, as well as for leisure and social trips.

Alongside the bike, Try-A-Bike users receive a secure bike lock, helmet, high visibility accessories and take part in a free cycle skills training session.

Steven John, an apprentice at the City of Lincoln Council and Try-A-Bike client, said: “My first ride to work was brilliant. The cycle path suggested by Access Lincoln from my house to City Hall is virtually door to door.

“I really appreciate all the help from Access Lincoln and I will be recommending them to my friends who are also in need.”

Sarah Hubery, Sustainable Travel Officer at Access Lincoln, added: “We understand that for many young people, and those out of work, travel can be a real barrier when applying for jobs.

“Our pilot Try-A-Bike scheme has no upper age restrictions and helps those who have secured a job offer to have a free, easy and long term travel option.”

To find out more about the Try-A-Bike scheme and for anyone interested in applying, visit the website.