This offer is now closed and superseded by Nottingham Bike Aid 2!

RideWise, Sustrans and Nottingham BikeWorks are working together to offer personalised travel plans and bikes to key workers who want to avoid using public transport for their commute at this time.

Update: Please be aware that there has been a huge response to this offer and we now only have loan bikes available.* These are bikes that you can borrow until at least September.

This offer is open to keyworkers and volunteers who work or live in Nottingham.

 If you meet this criteria then simply follow the link to give us some brief details.  This will enable us to send you a personalised travel plan and refer you for your free bike.

 When you’re completing the survey the ‘Start’ and ‘end’ postcodes refer to the start and end of your commute so we can provide you with a free cycle route plan for your journey.

Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter so we can keep you up to date on further support available. A member of the team will be in touch to discuss arrangements for your free bike and any travel support you need once we receive your response to the survey.

Find out more about the Nottingham Bike Aid Project below

Partnership set up to deliver free bikes to Key Workers in Nottingham

A number of organisations in Nottingham are coming together to help local key workers and volunteers in their hour of need. Formed as a response to COVID-19, the Nottingham Bike Aid project will provide assistance to those seeking alternative ways of making their commute.

Sustrans, the charity that’s making it easier for people to walk and cycle, will be engaging with key workers and employers to identify travel needs and provide personalised travel plans. These will help key workers to identify the best routes for their commute and are especially useful for new cyclists.

Community Bike Workshop, Nottingham Bikeworks is working to refurbish donated bikes for keyworkers. Local cycling charity Ridewise UK will deliver the bikes and offer cycling tips and advice to help commuters feel confident on the road. For those that prefer, there’s also the option of loaning a bike provided by the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City Council.

Anyone who is a keyworker or volunteer living or working in Nottingham is eligible for help under the scheme.

Commenting on the project, Clare Maltby, Sustrans Interim England Director, Midlands and East said: “Sustrans is pleased to be able to play its part in response to the Covid-19 crisis in Nottingham. The Nottingham Bike Aid project is a great example of local charities and the City Council working together to quickly put in place the support that keyworkers need to travel safely and healthily to work. We are thrilled to be able to contribute our expertise in travel planning and engagement to help support those people who are working hard looking after all of us.”

Nottingham City Council are also a key partner in the project and they’ve been funding Sustrans to deliver the Access project which has been helping jobseekers back into work.

Commenting on the scheme Councillor Adele Williams, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Local Transport said: “I’m really proud that in these unprecedented times, we’ve been able to work together with our partners to reshape our current jobseeker and business cycle support services to provide help for key workers and jobseekers. Cycling can be a very attractive, flexible and affordable alternative mode of transport and now key workers and jobseekers being recruited by key sectors, such as the NHS, health and social care, food retailers and essential manufacturers will be able to benefit from the active travel package we’ve developed. As long as social distancing guidance is followed, cycling also offers a great opportunity for daily exercise, and can provide key workers in stressful jobs with an opportunity to unwind, helping to support mental health and wellbeing too.”

The project will build on the Emergency Bike appeal initiated by Ridewise to deliver free bikes to keyworkers in recent weeks. Commenting on the scheme Helen Hemstock, Chief Executive of Ridewise said: “RideWise are proud to be able to support our communities and our keyworkers through this partnership project. We know that this will make a huge difference to the people that need to keep moving the most.”

Ian Keetley, Managing Director at Nottingham Bikeworks said: “At Nottingham Bikeworks we are excited to play our part in enabling Key Workers in our community to travel safely as they continue to perform their vital roles in tackling the effects of Covid-19. Unfortunately during lockdown we have had to suspend our community projects; however it is great to see our facilities, skilled mechanics and volunteers not going to waste as the refurbishing of bikes to support this fantastic project gets underway.”

Please email access@sustrans.org.uk or visit www.sustransaccess.org.uk if you are a worker or employer and wish to find out more about the project. Please contact Ridewise or Nottingham Bikeworks on customerservices@ridewise.org.uk or admin@nottinghambikeworks.org.uk directly if you wish to donate a bike to the project.

Sustrans has also set up an online mapping system which directs key workers to help with cycling in their area. Please visit www.sustrans.org.uk/keyworkers for more information about this project.