Bikeabout is now a bike 'hire' scheme whilst continuing to loan bikes to members on a short term basis. Ten new bikes have been bought to support the hiring scheme and it is hoped more visitors can see the sights of Winchester on bike.
Bike hire is available on a daily basis for just £10 per day or just £7 for a half day. To hire a bike customers must be over 18 and provide proof of identity and a £50 refundable deposit. Helmets and hi visability jackets are also provided on a hire basis.
Bikes can be hired from two outlets for full day or half day hires:
- Winchester's Tourist Information Centre located at the Guildhall or,
- Winchester Shopmobility located on the upper parking lever of The Brooks Shopping Centre car park.
Tourist Information Centre opening hours are:
- May to September:
- Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm:
- Sundays and Bank Holidays : 11am to 4pm
- October to April: Monday - Saturday 10am to 5pm
- Tel:01962 840 500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winchester Shopmobility is open:
- Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
- Tel: 01962 842 626
- Email: email@example.com
The loan scheme will still be available for cyclists who wish to loan a bike for a short period. These bikes will still be available to anyone over the age of 18 to borrow, once they become a member of the scheme. The annual membership fee of £50 is payable to Winchester City Council (WCC) or Winchester Area Community Action (WACA). The bikes available for the loan scheme will be limited to the original Pashley white bikes.
The Bikeabout scheme was initially funded through the MIRACLES project and jointly run by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council. Its objective was to reduce air pollution and transport congestion, and also provide cleaner and better public transport. Bikeabout, which helps to deliver these objectives, aims to encourage the use of cycling as a means of transport within Winchester. The Bikeabout scheme has just received funding from the Department of Transport through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
The Bikeabout scheme is now run jointly by Winchester City Council (WCC) and Winchester Area Community Action (WACA).
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