STUDENTS in Portsmouth have been given free bikes to make it easier for them to get into college.
Highbury College has already rewarded eight deserving students at its Northarbour site, which has limited bus services and two train stations that are half an hour’s walk away.
A further 22 bikes bought at a reduced price of £100 from Halfords will be allocated later this year.
The bikes are benefiting people from Petersfield, Southampton and beyond who are now cycling from the station to the college.
Others are using them to save on the cost of bus fares.
Solomon Danso, a mature student in plumbing from Winchester, said: ‘In the past it has been a long walk from my house to the train station and from Cosham Station to Northarbour.
‘The bike will make it easier for me to get to college on time so I’m very thankful.’
The college’s transport co-ordinator Steve Snook said: ‘The majority of Northarbour is very difficult to get to by public transport – few buses go there and the trains are not close.
‘At a time when lots of students are hard up and transport fares are expensive, we wanted to do something to help. The feedback we’re getting so far is excellent.’
Students will be expected to return the bikes when they leave college.