Saddle up for a free bike ride to station

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Commuters in Leighton Buzzard will be offered the chance to try cycling to the town’s station over the next few months.

From April, residents will have the opportunity to hire a bike for six weeks free of charge, allowing those who currently drive or are dropped off the chance to try a two-wheeled option to get to the station.

To join Central Bedfordshires Travel Choices scheme commuters need only pay a £50 returnable deposit and fill in a basic loan agreement form.

They will receive a professionally serviced, second-hand bike complete with lock, lights, hi-vis top, a puncture repair kit and basic bike maintenance instructions.

Commuters will also receive a Travel Choices goody bag including reflector bands, basic bike mechanic advice and local cycle-route maps to help with journey planning.

All participants will receive basic cycle training and be given the opportunity to book a basic maintenance course or further road cycle confidence training.

In return, Travel Choices is asking participants to cycle to the station at least part of the week, provide information about their cycle journeys and fill in a short pre and post-loan questionnaire.

Councillor Nigel Young said: “I’d encourage commuters to sign up for this great scheme from Travel Choices. Cycling to the station offers so many benefits, not least avoiding traffic congestion and improving fitness and wellbeing.”

Travel Choices will be by the cycle parking at Leighton Buzzard Station on the following dates:

April 1, 8, 15, 22 (4-7pm), June 17 (6-9am), and July 1, 8, 15, 22 (4-7pm). For further details or to arrange your loan contact Becca Hall on 07917 084 858 or Alternatively, visit the Travel Choices Gazebo on one of the above dates.

Travel Choices is a three-year project funded through the Governments Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to support the economy of Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard by providing residents and businesses with an improved choice for local journeys reducing car use, cutting costs and improving health.