Pool bikes and scooters scheme

Pool bikes and scooters scheme

About this activity

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.

A pool scheme allows pupils who do not have access to their own bike or scooter a chance to get involved in activities such as Bikeabillity training, biking at break and bike maintenance skills sessions.

Running the scheme

You can use the pool bikes and scooters in a variety of ways. For example, keep them for on-site activities only, or set up a loan scheme allowing pupils to take the bikes and scooters off school premises for a week or over the weekend. You will need to organise a booking system to keep track of where the equipment is and how it’s being used.   

To fund the pool bikes and scooters scheme and storage space you can either use your school’s own funding streams, or speak with your borough officer about TfL funding.

How to evidence your activity

  • Involve your borough officer: Share your ideas, agree your targets and discuss any challenges you face
  • Record the feedback from your pupils. Note how they are using the equipment, any new initiatives you are now offering and how this has helped you meet your targets
  • Sign in to STARS to add your story. Explain how you use the pool bikes and scooters and include photos and your pupils’ feedback on the new scheme. Also include any risk assessments, consent forms and bike log documents you have used

Activity contributed to by Sustrans.

Activity steps

1
Check your options
Speak with your head teacher and borough officer to find out your funding options
2
Know your numbers
With your senior management team decide on the number of bikes or scooters you would like to purchase
3
Set up a system
How will your pupils access the pool scooters and bikes? Set up a system to effectively monitor use along with a log sheet and booking and consent forms (see Resources)
4
Launch the scheme
Invite pupils to test out the new bikes, explain the rules and ask them to share their ideas for cycling activities they’d like to do
5
Maintenance
Regularly check the number and condition of pool bikes and scooters. You could link this with bike maintenance sessions (see Resources)
6
Check for success
Ask your pupils their opinion on the new scheme. Has it been used by those that don’t have access to bikes at home?
7
Tell your story
Feedback to your borough officer and add your story to the STARS website

Tags

  • Scooting
  • Cycling

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Improves accessibility to active travel activities
  • Supports other cycling and scooting initiatives