London council to loan out free bikes for a month to all its residents
Kingston council is facing increasing pressure on its roads
Tuesday 16 August 2016
A London borough is loaning out free bikes for a month in a bid to boost cycling amid increasing transport pressures.
Kingston council is pushing cycling in the borough in an attempt to deal with its growing population and the pressure this will place on its roads in the future. It estimates the population will swell by 30 per cent by 2050, adding an extra 50,000 people to the borough, which its roads will not be able to cope with.
The scheme allows anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough of Kingston Upon Thames to sign up and borrow a brand new bike for a month. It will also loan out helmets, locks and lights, and offer cycling training to those who want it. People are then required to return the bikes at the end of the month or have the chance buy them for a reduced price.