We’ve always advocated the benefits of cycling, for wellbeing and for the environment. We have a host of free cycling initiatives for experienced and new cyclists to make it easier for you to start travelling by bike and equip you with the skills you need to keep your wheels safe and roadworthy.
Borrow a Brompton Bike
Want to trial a cycle commute but don’t own a bike? Borrow a pink Brompton for free for up to a month. Our Brompton folding bikes are a great way to start cycling in and around Bankside, three of the fleet are e-Brompton bikes, both can be folded and used as part of a longer bus or tube journey (and easily stored at work or home).
Hiring a Better Bankside Brompton will require the borrower to fill in a form at our office, and to agree to the terms and conditions.
As more and more people take to cycling around London, it’s important to check your bike is functioning as it should. Each session provides participants with a quick basic bike check which will assess:
- General roadworthiness of each bike
- Brake pads and brake cables are functioning properly
- Gears are functioning properly
- Wheels are spinning/aligned correctly
- Tyres well inflated and no indication of any inner tube punctures
You can see the next Dr Bike on our events page.
When locked on the street, bicycles in London can be vulnerable to theft.
We encourage the use of good quality locks (‘Sold Secure Gold’) secured to stationary objects, preferably a bike stand. Ensure your wheels and frame are secure. Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre.
Better Bankside also support those cycling by offering free security marking and registration to the BikeRegister database. Every Police Force in the UK uses the BikeRegister database to search for stolen and recovered bikes.
Our wardens will apply a permanent mark to the underside of your bike frame with a unique BikeRegister ID, this ID is then registered with your details on the BikeRegister database. You are emailed secure online access to manage your account. The service is offered at most of our Dr Bikes or can be arranged for your workplace.
Secure Cycle Park
We’ve launched the new Better Bankside Secure Cycle Park on Ewer Street with an increased capacity and a digital entry system for ease of access for users – see more info here.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up to any of these services.