Chariots of Fun – Free Kids Bike Trailer Hire Scheme

Chariots of Fun - free kids bike trailer scheme

Looking for an easy, healthy and greener way to do the school run? Or maybe a fun family day out?

Do you live in or around Herne Hill?
Do you have children under 6?

The Herne Hill Forum is excited to be working alongside Peddle My Wheels to give families in Herne Hill a chance to “try before they buy” their very own Chariot of Fun. 

The first month will be FREE – after that, it’s up to you… 

  • Love it? Buy it! … and get your trial fees refunded from the price.
  • Not sure? Try it for another month (or more) for a small monthly fee.
  • Not for you? Arrange for it to be collected at no extra cost.

All it will cost you is some feedback!

Tempted? It’s easy to arrange. Your Chariot will be delivered to your door and installed by a qualified mechanic and collected again when you’re done. 

To claim your free month’s trial please fill in our Booking form

You’ll receive a unique voucher code to get the first month’s trial fee refunded once you return or purchase your trailer.

For more information on the Chariots of Fun scheme please see the FAQs below.

This scheme is delivered by the Herne Hill Forum in partnership with Peddle My Wheels. Funding is provided by TfL in partnership with the London Marathon Charitable Trust. 

FAQs

What are kids bike trailers?

Kids bike trailers are trailers that attach to most adult bikes – we like to call them Chariots of Fun! Each trailer has room for up to 2 children, up to about the age of 4 (in smaller trailers) or 6 (in larger trailers). They can be detached easily and folded flat for storage. 

Why use a kids bike trailer?

There are lots of great reasons to hire a kids bike trailer. Here are just a few… 

  • A school run of just 2 miles in the car costs you £700 each year in petrol. Just think what you could do with that money instead!
  • It’s better for little lungs! Air pollution levels can be 9-12 times higher inside a car than outside.
  • It’s often quicker to get around by bike than by car, especially during the school run.
  • It’s good exercise for you too! A 20-minute bike ride can use the same amount of calories as a cappuccino, a bar of chocolate or a 175ml glass of wine.

How does the “Try Before You Buy” scheme work?

Our Try Before You Buy scheme allows you to try your trailer for as long as you like before deciding to return it or buy it. It’s a flexible, affordable way for you to try out a trailer before committing to buy one for your family.

You will be invoiced for each month that you try your trailer (the trial fee is £15 – £20, depending on the type of trailer you hire). The Chariots of Fun scheme offers you the first month’s trial for free by refunding the cost of that month once you return or purchase your trailer.

When you order your trailer, you will be asked to provide payment details to set up a direct debit. 

If you choose to buy your trailer, you can purchase it from Peddle My Wheels with any monthly trial fees deducted from the purchase price. 

If you want to try your trailer for another month (or more), you will be invoiced for each month via direct debit. 

If it’s not for you, your direct debit can be cancelled at any point after your trailer has been delivered by simply arranging for your trailer to be collected. You can do this easily via your online account with Peddle My Wheels.

In each case, the fee for your first month’s hire will be refunded when you return or purchase your trailer.

What’s the catch? Are there any strings attached?

We want to be as transparent as possible about any costs incurred under this scheme. See “How Does the Try Before You Buy scheme work?” for an overview of monthly trial fees should you choose to try your trailer for more than one month. 

REMEMBER! If the trailer’s not for you, your direct debit can be cancelled at any point after your trailer has been delivered by simply arranging for your trailer to be collected. You can do this easily via your online account with Peddle My Wheels. 

If you use your voucher code when booking your trailer, the first month’s trial fee will be refunded when you return or purchase your trailer. We kindly ask you to participate in our short, simple evaluation questionnaire as a condition to using your free voucher code.

Can I claim a free month’s trial?

All families living in or around Herne Hill who are given a unique booking code from us can get the first month of their trial for free. This project is particularly aimed at those who live or work in Herne Hill or who have children who go to school or nursery in the area. 

How do I claim my one month’s free trial?

Please fill out the Booking Code form. Someone will be in touch to give you a unique booking code. Note our working hours are generally 9 – 4, Tuesday – Thursday.

Will my bike fit the trailer?

The trailers are compatible with most adult bikes, with a few exceptions such as racing bikes and brompton bikes. It is important to check your bike’s compatibility before booking, so we suggest contacting Peddle My Wheels if you have any queries. Their mechanics will be happy to answer any questions (info@peddlemywheels.com).

I don’t have a bike. Can I still try a trailer?

Take a look at the range of bikes that Peddle My Wheels has on offer. They have a range of new and nearly-new bikes which you can try for a small monthly fee. If cost is a barrier please speak to us.

What age are bike trailers suitable for?

Peddle My Wheels has a range of trailers on offer. They are generally suitable from the time babies can sit unsupported until about the age of 4 – 6 years old (depending on the type of trailer). We strongly advise you consider the different trailers on offer with Peddle My Wheels and choose which trailer is most suitable for your family. If in doubt speak to one of their mechanics (info@peddlemywheels.com).

How do I book my trailer?

We will give you information on how to book your trailer when we give you your unique booking code.

What happens if I want to keep my trailer?

If you love your trailer (and we think you will!) you can always consider buying one for yourself. If you want to buy your trailer from Peddle My Wheels there is a simple process to follow (please follow the instructions once you have set up your account). You will be able to get any monthly trial fees deducted from the purchase price.

Of course, you don’t have to buy your trailer through Peddle My Wheels! There are lots of different trailers sold through other sellers too. 

How will my free month’s trial fee be refunded?

You will get the cost of your first month’s trial fee refunded when you return your trailer, whether that’s after 1 month, 2 months or more. If you decide to buy your trailer, the cost of the first month’s trial fee plus any further monthly trial fees will be deducted from the purchase price. 

Your refund will be made directly to your bank account by Peddle My Wheels.

What feedback do you want?

We want to know what the barriers are to active travel in Herne Hill. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about cycling with your kids before but something has stopped you. Whatever your reasons, we’d love to hear what they are. And more importantly, we’d like to know whether a Chariot of Fun has made a difference to your active travel habits.

As a condition to using your unique voucher code to book a trailer, we kindly ask you to participate in our short, simple evaluation questionnaire. We’ll send this to you via email.

Is it safe?

When you collect your trailer you will be given a cycle training session to help get you started. It’s easier than you might think!

We suggest you try out riding with your trailer at the weekend and take it to one of the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, a park or another traffic-free route. 

All the trailers come with Reflectors, a Five Point Harness, Safety Flag and Quick Release Obstacle deflectors. 

Bike Helmets for your little passengers are also included if you request them.

What if my trailer is damaged or stolen?

You are responsible for looking after your bike trailer, and you will be liable for the trailer if it is damaged or stolen.

Peddle My Wheels has some tips on how to keep your bike and trailer secure.

Peddle My Wheels has teamed up with LAKA, a community cycling insurance scheme. We recommend you get insurance for your trailer if you’re not already covered.

Funding for this scheme has been provided by Transport for London in partnership with the London Marathon Charitable Trust as part of the Walking and Cycling Grant Programme.

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