Busy commuters wanting to get on their bikes have been given a boost with a new service at Oxford train station.
Cycle business Bainton Bikes has set up a special gazebo so the hundreds of cyclists who use the station each day can have their machines repaired and maintained without having to wait, while those visiting the city can hire a bike.
Kevin Moreland, of Bainton Bikes in North Oxford, who also runs Walton Street Cycles in Jericho, said he recognised a need for the service with an increase in commuter cycling promoted by high-profile figures such as Mayor of London and former Henley MP Boris Johnson.
Initially the gazebo will be open from 6.30am until 7.30pm every Monday, so people can leave their bikes in the morning and collect when they return.
They have taken on a new employee for the gazebo and plan to take on another later, taking their workforce to 10.
First Great Western integrated transport manager Andy Saunders said: “Oxford is one of our most popular stations for commuting cyclists and I’m delighted to partner Walton Street Cycles and Bainton Bikes to offer this innovative service.”