University of Bolton students given free bikes to avoid using public transport

Ansh Sachdeva, President of the University’s Students’ Union, with one of the bikes that will be loaned to students. Credit: University of Bolton

The University of Bolton has bought 1,000 bicycles for students to use to help them avoid public transport during the coronavirus pandemic.

The free Student Bike Loan Scheme is one of a range of measures introduced to make the campus Covid-19 secure for staff and students when it re-opens in September.

Students will need to pay a refundable deposit of £50 and declare they are competent to ride a bicycle.

There are also plans to provide ‘refresher’ cycle sessions for any students who want them.

The University’s President and Vice Chancellor, Professor George E Holmes said one thousand bikes and safety helmets have been ordered. “We felt that a logical measure was to give all students the opportunity to access bicycles to use for their commute on a loan basis.

Professor Holmes

An animated video outlining the University of Bolton safety measures and showing ‘LearnED the Owl’ cycling to University, can be watched here.