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Walking & Cycling

Burn calories & boost endorphins! Start your day right by walking or cycling to work.

Active travel can have an amazing impact on your health and wellbeing, as well as your wallet, so why not leave behind the hassle of driving by cycling or walking to work.

By cycling or walking you could…

Local routes

Kegworth, Sutton Bonington and Castle Donnington are all within 5 miles of East Midlands Gateway – perfect distance for commuting by bike. The new dedicated cycling and walking paths around the site have made it even easier to quickly and safely walk or cycle to East Midlands Gateway. Improvements include:

Each workplace will be equipped with showers, changing facilities and lockers for you to freshen up after your ride. Covered cycle parking means your bike will stay secure and dry.

Download the East Midlands Gateway cycling and walking map to start planning your journey today.


  • Footpath & offroad cycle path
  • Suitable for less experienced cyclists
  • Suitable for intermediate cyclists
  • Suitable for experienced cyclists

Free Bike Hire for 30 Minutes

If you’re arriving at East Midlands Gateway by bus, across the road from the bus interchange is a bike rack. From here to you can hire a bike for free and cycle along the shared path to work. When you are finished, lock the bike in the cycle shelter at work and end your bike rental, it’s that easy! If the bikes are available when you are leaving work, you can use them to travel back to the bus interchange as well.

Here are some key points for you to know about the East Midlands Gateway bike hire scheme…

How to register

  1. Download the Donkey Republic app from the Apple or Android store.
  2. Create an account with your email address.

How to hire a bike

  1. Open the Donkey Republic app and enter your card details. This is for security purposes only and you will NOT be charged if you end your rental within 30 minutes.
  2. Turn on your location and Bluetooth settings.
  3. On the map, select the bike you would like to rent and follow the instructions.
  4. To finalise your booking, press “submit payment” – remember, you won’t actually be charged.
  5. Go to your bookings to unlock the bike. Ride the bike and lock it in the bike shelter at work using the app.
  6. Once the bike is securely locked, click “end rental”. You must do this within 30 minutes to ensure you are not charged.

Keep safe whilst cycling

Terms of use

When using the bikes at East Midlands Gateway, please remember to:

For full Terms and Conditions, please visit Donkey Republic’s website or for frequently asked questions please download this factsheet. Please remember to end your rental within 30 minutes so you are not charged.

If you have any further questions, please contact

Get the right gear

With a whole host of independent and high-street cycle retailers in the East Midlands, wherever you live there is likely to be a bike shop where you can get kitted out for cycling to work.





Cycle 2 Work scheme

Many employers at East Midlands Gateway offer a Cycle 2 Work Scheme to help their employees save money when buying a new bike and safety equipment. The bike is paid for through salary sacrifice, so you can spread the cost of the bike, rather than making one upfront payment. The scheme is also tax-free, which gives you the chance to save up to 42%! To find out if your employer is signed up to a Cycle 2 Work Scheme, speak to your workplace travel plan coordinator.

Cycle Confidence Courses

Whether you’re new to cycling, or would like to improve your technique, there are cycle confidence courses for all abilities delivered by qualified instructors who work at a pace suited for you. If you’re a resident in the East Midlands, browse the websites for your local council to find the training you could access:


Derby and Derbyshire

Leicester and Leicestershire

Have your say

A Bicycle User Group (BUG) has been set up for East Midlands Gateway to support staff who cycle to work. The group is an opportunity to:

Interested in being part of the East Midlands Gateway BUG? Please contact the East Midlands Gateway Travel Plan Coordinator Steph Meyers on