nextbike joins subway’s Upper Circle


Leading bike share provider nextbike is making sustainable travel in Glasgow more affordable than ever as it joins up to Glasgow Subway’s Smartcard loyalty scheme, The Upper Circle. 


Subway Smartcard holders, who are also members of The Upper Circle, will now be able to purchase a discounted annual nextbike membership at the price of just £40, instead of scheme’s normal £60 membership.


nextbike, which recently launched 63 e-bikes onto the streets of Glasgow, currently has a fleet of 650 SMARTbikes and 53 stations across the city offering sustainable travel to thousands of people every day.


It’s hoped that by joining The Upper Circle, it will encourage more people to hop on a bike and enjoy the benefits of cycling.


The Upper Circle is a loyalty scheme available exclusively to Smartcard holders offering them access to fantastic special offers and discounts from some of Glasgow’s leading businesses.  


Sam Coldham, nextbike Business Development Manager, said he was happy to see the partnership launch.


“It’s so great to see that transport schemes such as The Upper Circle are encouraging more individuals to opt for a more sustainable way to move around the city of Glasgow,” he said. 


“nextbike has been operating in Glasgow for five years now and has proved incredibly popular in that time. By integrating public transport systems we are hoping to change the way people move through our cities and having special offers including this one will help this. We’re looking forward to working with the Subway and other organisations and businesses across the city to benefit the people of Glasgow.” 


Subway operations manager David Christie said:


“We’re delighted that nextbike has joined The Upper Circle which offers some great value deals to our Smartcard holders. Cycling is one of our most effective, healthy and environmentally friendly forms of transport, and we work closely with many partners to encourage active travel in our area.  Bike parking is also free of charge at various Subway stations.”


nextbikes are available 24 hours a day and users can register and hire bikes in just a couple of minutes. The cycle-share scheme is one of the cheapest ways to get around a city, with fees starting from as little as 16p per day.


nextbike’s Glasgow scheme is backed by Glasgow Council to reduce congestion, free up parking spaces and provide a healthier way to travel around the city.