Students get cycling for £40

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 June 2012

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A SCHEME to help students get to college or sixth form cheaply without using a car has been set up by Somerset County Council.

Mountain bikes, worth £270, are being offered to students on a school year-long loan.

The initiative, run by Moving Somerset Forward team at the council, is designed to help students get out of the habit of travelling by car.

The bikes are available on loan for £40, plus a £75 deposit, which will be held if students want to keep the Saracen Tufftrax bike at the end of the year.

About 77 students received bikes through the scheme last year, and 98 per cent said they would recommend it to other students.

Deputy leader of the council, David Hall, said: “Offering a bike loan scheme opens up opportunities for students and helps them to get to college in a cheap and sustainable manner.”

Students must be between 16 and 19 years old and attending a further education course between September 2012 and June 2013. For more information and to apply, visit www.movingsomersetforward.co.uk/bike-loan or call Belinda Payne at the Moving Somerset Forward team on 01823 357123.

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