This year we are running a special programme offering low cost mountain bikes to students living in Somerset (and attending a full-time further education course) who would be able to get to college or 6th form by bike more easily than by bus or walking. 

The way it works is:

1.     We provide you with a new bike (+ lights and a lock).

2.     You pay us an admin fee and deposit to use the bike for a year (to be determined)

3.     At the end of the year, you either return the bike to us (and we give you your deposit back, subject on the condition of the bike), or you keep the bike and we keep your deposit. The bike then becomes your property.

4.     We keep the admin fee to cover the costs of delivering and running.

It’s a great deal for you, because you will get a new bike, lights and lock for a much lower price than you would get it in a shop. We aim to deliver it to you at your school or college and set it up to suit you, making it very easy for you.

Am I eligible?

You need to be:

  • living in Somerset
  • attending a full-time further education course in Somerset 2015 - 16

In the event of over subscription bikes will be allocated based upon need e.g. distance from college or lack of transport options

You might also be able to join the scheme if you live over the border but attend college/6th form in Somerset. 

How do I take part?

1)     Download and fill out and return the application form on this page.  


2)     You will need to get parental consent if you are under 18.


3)     We will let you know if we are able to provide you with a bike by sending you an e-mail following the application deadline.


4)     You will need to pay your deposit and admin fee to us within one week of receiving the approval e-mail from us.


5)     We will deliver your bike to you at your college/6th form on a date to be agreed. We will set up the bike for you and take you on a familiarisation ride at the same time.


6)     You will need to return the bike, or decide if you want to keep it (in which case we would keep your deposit) at the end of the academic year

How do I find out more information?

To find out further information about the scheme please email movingforward@somerset.gov.uk