Cycling in Bankside


Our range of special perks for experienced and new cyclists 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.

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 or Electric Brompton

Want to trial a cycle commute but don’t own a bike? Borrow a pink Brompton or electric 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 registration form, and agree to the terms and conditions (Standard Brompton)/terms and conditions (Electric Brompton)  These can be handed in at our office or emailed to

 Dr Bike

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.

Bike Theft

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.

Better Bankside Bike Hub

We’ve launched the new Better Bankside Bike Hub with secure cycle parking and shower and changing facilities 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  for more information or to sign up to any of these services.