It’s better by bike!
Transport for Slough launched its sustainable travel campaign Better by… this year, which is designed to enable and encourage workplaces, schools and the wider community to switch to more environmentally-friendly forms of travel.
Cycling is an integral part of the scheme and there are a number of initiatives happening throughout the borough to assist residents of all ages and abilities to be involved, whatever their situation.
From cycling lessons and bicycle hire to cycle maintenance and storage, there is a wide variety of cycling activities that could help you to make that switch to bike.
Cycle lessons and training
Better by… has teamed up with leading cycle training specialists Cycle Experience to run a range of subsidised lessons in Salt Hill Park. The sessions, which include basic, advanced and urban cycle skills classes, are suitable for everyone as they cater for all ages and abilities; from children and adults learning to cycle for the first time to teens and adults looking to brush up on their skills and confidence.
Cycle maintenance training courses are also running at Cycle Experience’s Slough office, teaching the skills and techniques needed to carry out basic cycle maintenance. All sessions cost £5 and can be booked at the Cycle Experience website or by calling 0330 024 1783.
Hire a bike with Cycle Slough
Cycle Slough has 16 bike docking stations across Slough. You can hire a bike from one place and return to another.
You can sign up as a pay-as-you-go member or by paying monthly or yearly. After an annual £10 membership fee, it is £8 a month, £60 a year, or pay-as-you-go is £1 for the first 30 minutes and 50p for every hour thereafter.
Pay-as-you-go members get the benefit of Free Wheel Week, where they can cycle for free during the last week (and weekend) of each month for the remainder of the year.
Free Wheel Week dates
- 28 May
- 25 June
- 23 July
- 27 August
- 24 September
- 29 October
- 26 November
- 24 December
Docking station locations
- Slough station
- Burnham station
- Bath Road Retail Park
- Slough Trading Estate
- East Berkshire College
- Sutton Lane
- Montem Leisure Centre
- Chalvey High Street
- Trelawney Avenue
- Yarmouth Road
- Kennedy Parade, Britwell
- Arbour Park Stadium
- The Curve
- Wexham Road (opposite Tesco Express)
- Windsor Road (opposite the Police Station).
For more details, including docking station locations, and to sign up, visit the Cycle Slough website.
Store your bike securely
Located opposite Slough’s bus station and next to the train station, Cycle Hub Slough is an ideal place to lock up your bike with confidence, while commuting or running errands in town. The hub is accessible 365 days a year, has CCTV, and houses 80 secure bicycle racks; as well as lockers, changing facilities and WiFi for its members. For more details and to sign up, visit the Cycle Slough website.
For more on the Better By… campaign, visit the campaign webpage.
You need to register online to become a member, with the first month of membership free. After the month is up and if you want to keep using the hub, you need to log into your Cycle Hub account. Enter your bank details and then the card will reactivate, allowing pay as you go usage at 50p per day.