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 aged 6 months - 6 years?
Want to try a kids bike trailer?

The Herne Hill Forum is excited to be working with Bicyclenation to give families in Herne Hill a chance to try their very own Chariot of Fun.

How does it work?

1. Book a collection session using the link below.

2. Bring your bike to the Herne Hill Bicycle’s store at the time & date of your collection session. A qualified mechanic will fit a kids bike trailer to your bike, free of charge! Not sure if your bike is compatible? Why not pop in with your bike and ask? See our FAQs below.

3. Once your Chariot of Fun has been fitted, you will be given a safety briefing and a chance to try out your new trailer on a quiet road with a #Bicyclenation bike technician.

4. Now you’re good to go! Enjoy your Chariot of Fun for 2 weeks. After that, it’s up to you…

    • Love it? Buy your own. The team at Herne Hill Bicycles will be happy to advise you.
    • Not for you? Simply hand it back, free of charge.

All we ask in return is some feedback!

Book your trailer

Collection sessions are currently running on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (mornings only). Please click the booking link above to book a slot. We ask you to return your trailer on the day specified when you make your booking.

See the FAQs below for more info. 

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Any questions? Email chariots.fun@gmail.com.

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 the age of 6 (117cm / 22kg). They can be detached easily and folded flat for storage, and they even have a handy storage compartment.

Why use a kids bike trailer?

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

  • A journey of just 2 miles in the car costs you £700 each year in running costs. 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.

Who can hire a Chariot of Fun?

All families living in or around SE24. This project is particularly aimed at those who live or work in Herne Hill or who go to school in this area. 

Each family can only use this free trial scheme once so that as many families as possible can have a go. If you love it you can always consider buying one for yourself.

When & where are the collection sessions?

Collection sessions are currently held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Herne Hill Bicycles (83 Norwood Rd, opposite Brockwell Park).

How do I return the trailer?

We will ask you to return your Chariot of Fun on the day specified at the time you make your booking. This is currently the Monday at the end of your two week trial period. 

The trailer can be dropped off at Herne Hill Bicycles any time between 9am – 4pm. A mechanic will need to detach the trailer from your bike and give it a quick check for any significant damage. Please allow 15 minutes to make your return. 

If you wish to return your trailer on a different day this might be possible, provided it is within your two week trial period. Please contact Herne Hill Bicycles directly to check that a mechanic will be available to help you with your return (020 8671 6900)

What brand/model are the Chariots of Fun?

Our Chariots of Fun are Hamax Travellers. The Hamax Traveller is a high quality, popular bike trailer option for families. It’s lightweight and can easily convert into a stroller (a huge bonus for busy families!). It has plenty of space for 2 kids as well as your luggage, and it’s easy to fold/unfold.

You can find out more information about them here.

Can the trailers be folded?

Yes, the brand of trailer that we use for our Chariots of Fun (the Hamax Traveller) can be easily folded and unfolded.

Can the trailers convert to a stroller?

Yes, the brand of trailer that we use for our Chariots of Fun (the Hamax Traveller) can be easily converted to a stroller.

Will my bike fit the trailer?

Our Chariots of Fun are compatible with most adult bikes, with a few exceptions such as racing bikes, electric bikes and brompton bikes. 

It is important to check your bike’s compatibility before booking, so if you’re not sure we suggest popping into the Herne Hill Bicycles shop (83 Norwood Rd, opposite Brockwell Park). Their mechanics will be happy to take a look at your bike and advise you. They can also give your bike a quick service!

I don’t have a bike. Can I still get a Chariot of Fun?

You’ll need a bike if you want to try a Chariot of Fun. If you don’t already have a bike we suggest taking 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 before deciding whether or not to buy. 

Peddle My Wheels also offers a range of bike trailers for you to try, on a “try before you buy” basis. If this is something you’re interested in, email chariots.fun@gmail.com to get a discount code to claim your first month for free!

What age are the Chariots of Fun suitable for?

The bike trailers are suitable for children from 6 months to approximately 6 years old. The trailers have a maximum child height limit of 117 cm and maximum weight allowance of 22kg, approximately the weight and height of an average 6 year old.

How do I book my trailer?

The booking page is available here.

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. We recommend speaking to the team at Bicyclenation, who operate at the Herne Hill Bicycles shop, when you return your trailer. They can advise you and answer any questions.

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 taking part in this scheme, we kindly ask you to participate in our short, simple evaluation questionnaire. We’ll send this to you via email and we ask that you complete this before returning your trailer.

Is it safe?

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

We suggest you get familiar with your trailer by trying it at the weekend, or by taking it to one of the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, a park or another traffic-free route. 

All the trailers come with rear light, a Five Point Harness and quality buckles and Quick Release Obstacle deflectors.

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.

Remember to use the bike lock provided to lock your bike whenever you’re not using it.

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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