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Supporting Banksiders to make the post lockdown transition from bus to bike
Amandeep Kellay
Sustainable Travel Manager

At Better Bankside we have always advocated the benefits of active and sustainable travel, and have delivered a range of initiatives to encourage people to walk and cycle more. We are already a community of cyclists, with 17% of Banksiders cycling to work, compared to the national average of 4%.

It is anticipated that cycling could increase ten-fold post lockdown. The Mayor of London has a bold new Streetscape plan to overhaul London's streets with transformation of London’s roads to be fast-tracked, giving space to new cycle lanes and wider pavements to enable social distancing.

If you are considering changing the way you travel to work, we have a range of initiatives to support the transition from bus to bike. 

Brompton bike hire 

Fancy trialling cycling to work? Before committing to buying a bike, take part in a free bike loan from Better Bankside. Experience healthy commuting using one of our Brompton folding bikes, easy to store at work or home. 

Dr Bike

We host monthly Dr Bike sessions, a free bike maintenance service. Drop your bike off in the morning and collect in the afternoon.

Each session provides a basic servicing which will assess general roadworthiness of each bike, brake pads and brake cables, gears, alignment of wheels, tyres and inner tubes. Keep an eye on our events page for the next Dr Bike. Check the events pages for upcoming Dr Bike sessions.

From 12 June – 17 July 2020, Better Bankside and local bike servicers Nip Nip, based on Great Suffolk Street, will be offering free vouchers which give the user a general service at NipNip for the value of £25. Service includes checking and tuning of brake pads, cables, gears, wheels and tyres. Where necessary, brake pads and cables will be replaced at the discretion of the mechanic. Value of voucher may be redeemed in store for discount on higher value service. Voucher valid for one use and to be retained by bike shop. Email Amandeep Kellay at ak [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Nip%20Nip%20voucher) to request a voucher.. Once you have the voucher, please contact Nip Nip to book an appointment, service [at] nipnip.co.uk.

Secure Cycle Park

We are upgrading our Secure Cycle Park facility and relocating to a new and bigger site so we can accomodate even more bikes. 

ak [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Secure%20Cycle%20Hub%20) (Drop us an email) to register your interest.

Pink Pitstop

Our Pink Pitstops provide cyclists with eight tools for repairs or adjustments as well as a track pump. The bike repair stand is designed as a stable mount for any bike making repairs and adjustments that much easier.  Find them outside our office at 18 Great Guildford Street or outside The Bridge Gym on Southwark Bridge Road.

Pink cycle stands

We have a number of pink Sheffield stands that we can have installed on private land for use by your employees.

Getting to work and around

London Cycling Campaign have some useful tips on their website for novice cyclists and how to adhere to the current guidelines, and you can plan your journey using quiet routes through Cycle Streets

TfL have produced a map to show cycling routes across London and locations of Santander Cycle Docking Stations. 

Created May 14 2020