Bike Loan Scheme

What is the Bike Loan Scheme?

The Bike Loan Scheme is an initiative which aims to keep you active and also helps you to reduce your impact on the planet. With the scheme, you hire a bike to use for the year, which must be returned to The Students’ Union at the end of each academic year.

The bike loan includes a D lock to keep your bike secured and a set of lights to make sure you are safe and visible on the roads.


What’s the cost?

All you need to pay is £70 for the year (non-refundable) and also a £40 deposit, which is refundable, before collecting the bike. There are 86 bikes available, five of which are available free of charge for short term use (up to two weeks) from the Centre for Sport.

We would also recommend buying a helmet and high visibility clothing to keep safe while cycling.


How do I get involved?

Complete a hire form and agree to the terms and conditions after the hire is agreed. You will also receive a cycling safety video to watch and an instructional video on how to secure your bike using the D-lock provided. You can then collect the bike from The Students’ Union U Block shop on Frenchay Campus, on any day of the week, between 08:00-22:00.


Tell me more about the bikes

There are two styles of bike available, in different sizes, so that you can choose the right style and size for you.

Stokes Croft - Unisex frame, black    

  • Small (17") - suitable for someone approx. 5'2" to 5'6" (158cm to 168cm)
  • Medium (19") - suitable for someone approx. 5'5" to 5'10" (165cm to 178cm)
  • Large (21.5") - suitable for someone approx. 5'8" to 6'1" (173cm to 185cm)

Park Street - Step-through frame, black 

  • Medium (17.5") only - suitable for someone approximately 5' (152cm) upwards


Due to Covid-19, this scheme is now paused until UWE Bristol is open.