Leeds University’s Velocampus scheme is set to double its cycle fleet to 350 bikes, just a year on from becoming the first scheme of its kind in the UK.
The loan scheme is part of UTravelActive, a Lottery funded project led by sustainable transport charity Sustrans with additional funding from the two universities, NHS Leeds and Leeds City Council.
Student Tamara Bloom, aged 24, said of the scheme: ”I’ve found riding a bike to be the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to travel, as well as the most enjoyable – much more fun than a crowded bus. It’s also been the best way of getting exercise rather than having to find time to get to the gym or go for a jog.”
University of Leeds student John Pelletier: "I’d recently lost weight and wanted to keep it off – and was really pleased to save bus fare cash by cycling to university every day.”
The 21-speed hybrid bikes are security stamped and coded. Each bike will be loaned out for the year, complete with lights and lock, on a first come first served basis.