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New Bike Loan Scheme for Milton Park

Published on: 14/03/2017

A new self-service bike loan scheme will arrive at Milton Park very soon.  The scheme is intended to provide a sustainable means of travel both around the Park and to and from Didcot Parkway station.  It is hoped that it will also encourage more people to try cycling to work before they commit to buying a bike of their own. 

The Bike Loan scheme is one component of Milton Park’s ongoing Travel Campaign; Milton Reach: ‘Enjoy your Commute’ which, along with Liftshare and other planned travel initiatives, aims to significantly reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles travelling to and from the site.

12 robust bikes will be available from 4 locations across Milton Park and at Didcot Parkway station which will be free to use to Milton Park occupiers.  The bikes are provided by Bainton Bikes of Oxford and have a smart bike lock that you can command with your phone, through the Donkey Republic app.

To register for the Bike Loan scheme, you need to sign in using your company email address.  The system will recognise your company’s domain name and you will not be charged for hire.  Once you have downloaded the Donkey Republic app, you can also hire bikes in a number of locations across the globe.

The bikes can be picked up from and returned to one of four ‘hubs’. They are easily identifiable as they all have bright red saddles and skirt guards branded up as ‘Milton Park’. They are all made to a high specification with internal brakes and 7 internal gears. They also feature chain guards, rear wire baskets and dynamo lights as well as easily adjustable saddle and puncture resistant tyres as well as a large basket for carrying your baggage.

Each bike has a horseshoe lock attached to the rear seat stays, thus enabling the rear wheel to be locked.  There is also a chain lock fitted onto the bike allowing for the chain to be looped around an immovable object and then fastened with the horseshoe lock.

The technology that allows for the bikes to be locked and unlocked using the App on your phone is all contained within the horseshoe lock.

Download the Donkey Republic App now and start riding like a champ!

Bike Loan hubs can be found at:

  • Security Post on Park Drive
  • Behind buildings 100 and 101 in bike shelter
  • At corner of Brook Drive and Eastern Avenue, in bike shelter opposite Milton Stores
  • In cycle racks at Didcot Parkway station

For more information, contact Milton Park’s Travel Advisor: veronica.reynolds@miltonpark.com

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