Active travel services
As well as supporting all Doncaster residents to make active travel journeys where possible – including making major infrastructure improvements across the borough - the Active Travel team at Doncaster Council work closely with local businesses and schools to support staff, students and other residents to walk or cycle to their workplace or school.
Support for workplaces
Support is available for Doncaster workplaces to encourage their employees to make active travel choices. The following services are available through Doncaster Council's Active Travel team, who work closely with Get Doncaster Moving.
Cycle maintenance and bike repairs:
Workplaces can request a visit from Dr Bike, a trained cycle mechanic, who will visit the business and offer free cycle services and repairs to employees. This is fully funded by Doncaster Council and is open to both public sector organisations and private businesses within Doncaster. The service is run by 'Dr Bike', a trained bike mechanic. For more information or to book a session at your workplace, please contact Dr Bike on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07585 904818.
If your organisation does not have adequate cycle parking facilities, Doncaster Council may be able to provide racks so that employees have somewhere safe space to store their bikes while at work. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
Cycle to Work scheme:
The Cycle to Work scheme is designed to help employees save money on a new bike (and cycling accessories such as helmet and lights) and spread the cost of the bike over monthly tax-free instalments through their employer. You can find out more about the Cycle to Work scheme and how to apply by visiting the dedicated Sustrans webpage: The Cycle to Work scheme explained
Doncaster Active Travel Hub
The Doncaster Active Travel Hub offers a range of services to make more journeys by walking and cycling. Services include:
- Bike Loans
- E-bike loans
- Secure cycle parking
- Personalised route planning
- Led walks and rides
- Cycle repairs
- Cycle maintenance classes
- Free Dr Bike sessions for businesses
The Doncaster Active Travel Hub is based at Doncaster Railway Station and a mobile unit can also visit businesses and organisations across the borough to support cleaner, greener transport choices.
Visit the Doncaster Active Travel Hub facebook page for details: Doncaster Active Travel Hub | Facebook
Support for schools
Doncaster Council's Active Travel Officers can support schools to promote the benefits of cycling to children, parents and teachers, address any safety concerns and organise training opportunities, practical activities and organise events to encourage people to give cycling a try. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Other services include:
Bikeability in school:
The Bikeability scheme is 'cycling proficiency' for the 21st century, designed to give children and young people the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads.
Helping cyclists develop observation and manoeuvrability skills, the scheme introduces the Highway Code for young road users, teaches the importance of cycle maintenance and hazard awareness and provides information and advice on being visible and wearing protective headgear.
For more information or to book Bikeability training in your school please email: email@example.com
School Streets are short temporary road closures outside a school gate at the start and end of the school day, with stewards looking after the closure points. The street then becomes a walking, cycling and scooting zone. In the last year alone, Doncaster Council has worked with schools across the borough to deliver 10 school street days. There are lots of benefits for schools to take part in this initiative, including:
- It removes traffic on the street, which in turn creates lot of space for walking, scooting and cycling – encouraging people to make active travel choices when traveling to school
- Vastly improved air quality outside the school gate
- Brings the whole school community together in a fun and informal way, helping to build relationships between school staff, parents and students.
- A more relaxed and enjoyable start and end to the school day for everyone
- Increased safety for everyone
If you are a parent, teacher or community member that would like to discuss School Streets in your area please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01302 734578.
Get Doncaster Cycling strategy
Doncaster's ambition is to be a cycling town where residents choose to cycle because it is a healthy, safe and attractive method of transport. Doncaster has invested heavily in cycle infrastructure over recent years and continues to provide better cycle facilities for the residents of the borough.
In 2019, Sustrans were assigned to independently review what was needed to increase the number of people cycling across the borough. They consulted with residents, councillors, interested stakeholders and local cycle groups to gain knowledge of the area. This insight formed the basis for the Get Doncaster Cycling strategy.
Get Doncaster Walking strategy
The Get Doncaster Walking Strategy outlines the action needed for Doncaster to be a town that's designed for people to walk throughout their day to day lives. Doncaster is a place where walking is an integral part of everyday life, and this strategy sets out what is being done to make walking in Doncaster easier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone.