Bike loan scheme to boost Lewisham cycling

Lewisham has launched a cycle loan scheme to make it easier for locals to take up cycling. They say: 

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Lewisham can borrow a bike for one month for £10 and use it for any/all your journeys. You are also given a helmet, high-viz vest and lock and at the end of the month, you can either buy the bike at a reduced cost or return it.

Full details here.

18 comments:

mk said...

Great, but a) why promote helmet/hi-viz use to reinforce the idea that cycling is dangerous and b) Lewisham desperately needs to make infrastructure changes to make this kind of scheme attractive.

mk said...

Plus, have you read the "application form"? Underhand doesn't even come close. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cycle_loan_registration

mk said...

Plus, have you seen the "application form"? Underhand doesn't even come close.

Timothy Webb said...

Is a) a trick question? I think the answer might be: Because it's dangerous

Lep Recorn said...

The issue is that the form seems to have been put together by someone who has absolutely no idea of what they are doing! (E.g. If you are aged 24 you have two choices in the age question.) As it stands it quite probably breaches the data protection act and as it is directly linked to (& sponsored by) Lewisham council it hardly reflects well on them.

Mezzer said...

I'm struggling to find anything to object to in the application form. The questions seem pretty pertinent to the issue at hand: what type of bike should be allocated.

THNick said...

I assume your issue with the form is that it doesn't make the ethnicity etc questions optional? Bit silly that.

Headhunter said...

Well done Lewisham! I can't see anything invasive about the application, I'm not sure how relevant age and religion are to the process but hey ho. It's good that Lewisham BC is encouraging the fatties of the borough to step away from theirs cars and busy public transport. Seems very open to abuse though, you pay a tenner, no deposit and then the bike can get "stolen" with no apparent way for Lewisham BC to recoup the cost...

Mezzer said...

I had the misfortune to have to drive via Lewisham at around 4.00 in the afternoon yesterday and trying every route I knew, found almost an almost total log jam. It could well be that the council are taking these steps with a view to at least getting some drivers off the road.

RB said...

They would do better to bring the good, honest Borisbike system to Lewisham.

MaryEllen said...

I believe there was a serious accident in Blackheath yesterday, which caused the traffic problems.

BorisBikes said...

I agree with that. The Boris bike scheme is a proven concept of clear benefit. It should come to SE London. This Lewisham scheme is fine, but it is limited in scope and unproven in operation.

mk said...

Even if we did have Boris bikes though, would people use them, given that the major roads in and around Lewisham are so car-centric? Would people cycle around Lewisham roundabout, New Cross Road, Lewisham way for example? I'm not so sure.

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RB said...

Well, I would. If "people" won't then fine - more space for me.


Car-centric roads are great for cyclists - you just go down the side of them.

Nightrider said...

The idea of cycling back from town after most of public transport has closed down is attractive alternative to the night bus and expensive taxis.

LBLS said...

Hi,
I work on behalf of the London Cycling Campaign in delivering the cycle loan project for Lewisham. I would like to thank all those who have made positive comments about the scheme, and I can tell you that we have had many people apply as a result of this blog post.


If i may just correct a couple of inaccuracies in one or two posts so that it may further peoples understanding of the scheme.


Firstly sessions to collect a bike will run every Thursday fortnight. Once booked onto a session people can collect their bike anytime between 2.30pm and 7.30pm, so this should allow for the vast majority of working people to get to the session.


Secondly a comment was made about the scheme being unproven. The same scheme has been running in Greenwich, and the results have been fantastic, whether you are looking at behaviour change, health benefits and gains, economic or environmental impact.


Thirdly and finally, the application form questions are there to assess bike suitability for participants, and also for Lewisham to assess the scheme from an equality and diversity perspective (there is a prefer not to say option to these questions).


Hopefully you will all consider joining the scheme. We are full now until 27th June, so I would register quick before the wait gets any longer.


Thanks for the opportunity to discuss the scheme.

zeb said...

How do get hold of the application form

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