I popped along this lunchtime and picked up an Onguard Bulldog STD-8010 Keyed Shackle Lock (currently £20 on Amazon) in exchange for an old (and not very secure) cable lock. This is all very generous, and I hope that it helps people to lock up their bikes securely and discourage theft.


They gave me bike, a helmet and a lock. It was such a help, it solved all my problems. It’s given me that freedom in the morning, not to worry about whether a bus will turn up or not. It now takes me 20 to 25 minutes to get to work. It’s given me the ability to get to work on time.

Having a bike you don’t have to scrabble around for change for the bus. Without it, I’d have to find £3.50 every day for the bus, and that’s before receiving a pay packet. I would never have thought about a bike, for fear that I wouldn’t be able to do it! But I could. If someone was thinking about getting a bike I’d say: ‘Take it, give it a go. You can always take it back!’”

Stephen, user of our travel support scheme