- December 14, 2018
- Posted by: Cardiff Labour Group
- Category: Latest News
Cardiff’s popular bike share scheme, provided by nextbike, is set to double next year with an additional 500 bikes.
The expansion will see an extra 65 docking stations added to the existing city-wide network, with up to 10 additional jobs being created to service the extended fleet.
nextbike has revealed ambitions to introduce accessibility bikes to the scheme as part of the expansion to improve access for people with disabilities. If successful, it would be the first major city bike share scheme in the UK to offer such bikes alongside traditional bicycles.
A Bikes for All scheme that will see heavily-subsidised annual memberships offered to people from disadvantaged background will also be introduced across the city.
New bikes will be added to the scheme from spring 2019, with the full 500 expected to be installed by the end of the summer.
The expansion has been made possible thanks to £800,000 of investment from the Welsh Government.
A consultation will be launched over the coming weeks to ask the public where they would most like to see the new docking stations located.
The Cardiff scheme has been nextbike’s most successful UK launch since it began operations in the UK in 2014. Backed by Cardiff Council and financially supported by the Welsh Government, nextbikes were introduced to reduce congestion, free up parking spaces and to provide a healthier way to travel around the city.
nextbike has worked closely with Cardiff Council throughout every step of the planning process, ensuring each station matches the demand of the population.
And local cycling charity Pedal Power has been employed as the service team, running the maintenance and rebalancing of the bikes.