Owning, buying, borrowing and recycling a bike

Buying a bike doesn't have to be an expensive process. You can also recycle old bikes for wider community benefit.

Buying a Bike

Thinking of buying a bike but don't know where to start? Visit Cycling Scotland's Choosing the right bike.

Ask your employer if they participate in an employer cycle to work scheme, where you can pay for a bike in instalments and obtain a substantial discount before tax. West Lothian Council runs a scheme for all staff including teachers. Ask your employer or Google "cycle to work".

Owning a Bike

Be aware of bicycle theft and take steps to reduce the chances of your bicycle being stolen. You can find some useful advice at Bicycle Security .

It's important to keep your bike in good working condition. Sustrans offers some useful Bicycle maintenance made easy tips.

Closer to home, the Low Port Centre run courses for children and adults on how to repair your bike. Anyone undertaking Cycle Training Assistant courses at Low Port as part of Bikeability will also be taught some basic skills on bicycle safety checks.

Borrowing a Bike

The West Lothian Council Health Improvement Team, in partnership with community bike lending libraries, have a range of bikes, adult trikes, adaptive bikes (suitable for individuals with a wide range of disabilities), folding bikes (which can also be used as adult balance bikes) and power assisted bikes to borrow. The aim of the library is to give access to bikes to those who may otherwise be unable to do so. They also offer short loans for those looking to 'try before you buy' e.g. if you are considering a cycle to work purchase. Please contact hit@westlothian.gov.uk or 01506 775626 for more information.

Recycling a Bike or Scooter

If you have a bicycle or scooter you no longer use, the Council runs a Bicycle Recycling Project through its Community Payback initiative. So far, refurbished bicycles have been donated to RiverKids, a West Lothian Children's Charity. Referrals can be made to obtain bicycles and scooters for use. You can find more details about the scheme including contact details at Community Payback Order.

If you would like to donate a bike or scooter, it can be dropped into any Council recycling centre - visit Community Recycling Centre Locations to find your nearest Community Recycling Centre.

There are a growing number of bike lending libraries in West Lothian which may take local bikes for recycling and repair. Head to Clubs, groups and training for more info.