A “park and pedal” scheme has been launched at the Wincheap park and ride.
It offers drivers the chance to park their cars at the site and make the rest of the journey into central Canterbury on bike.
And best of all it’s entirely free for those who choose to use it.
Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, the authority’s property and regeneration chairman, said: “This is a simple but effective initiative offering a combination of free parking and cycling.
“Park and ride is a great service, but you are limited in terms of where the bus ends up and sometimes you have to wait for one to arrive.
“Park and pedal is therefore a clever alternative that gives greater flexibility for customers and the freedom to travel when you want to. And with free cycle lockers available in the city centre too, we’ve tried to make it as joined up as possible.”
Bikes are parked in a secure 28-space storage shed which cost £23,000 to install.
The storage shed can only be accessed via a key card, is available all the time and contains maintenance equipment.
Users drive in as normal and park, but then pick up their bikes from the storage unit and leave for their destinations.
There are two signposted routes into the city – the Chartham to Canterbury cycle route via Toddlers’ Cove and Whitehall Road, or through the Wincheap estate and under the Horses and Goats tunnel.
At the end of the day, they cycle back, leave their bike in the unit and drive out, using their park and ride card to raise the exit barrier without needing to pay.