Leading bike share provider nextbike will be celebrating getting the community on its bike in Glasgow this weekend with the ‘Bikes For All’ social inclusion scheme.
The event, which takes place in Glasgow on June 29 at Bike For Good’s community hub in Haugh Road, will showcase a variety of free activities to encourage the community to get pedalling, including live music, nextbike trials and signups for locals to enjoy and get involved in.
Bikes For All is a Glasgow-centric partnership led by CoMoUK with nextbike, Bike For Good, Cycling Scotland and Glasgow Centre for Population Health and funded by Smarter Choice, Smarter Places. The partnership supports disadvantaged communities by providing subsidised nextbike memberships to help make cycling accessible to all.
The scheme, which also offers 1:1 confidence boosting cycle training, has recorded over 3,000 rentals in the last year from those who have enrolled with over 300 subsidised members as part of the project.
nextbike Managing Director Krysia Solheim, said she was proud that nextbike was involved in the scheme;
“By providing memberships to Bikes for All, nextbike is realising its goal of making cycling accessible for everyone - regardless of economic circumstances. We are proud to be able to work with these charities to ensure that all communities can benefit from this sustainable way of travel”.
Chris Slade, Director of Scotland for CoMoUK also said he was happy to see the scheme thriving in Glasgow;
“All of our partners, including nextbike and Bike for Good, have been integral in making this scheme possible and have allowed us to reach a strong and diverse ridership in socially deprived neighbourhoods. Bikes For All is a great way of inspiring individuals to travel affordably and enhance physical and mental health.”
Nina Borcard, Development Officer at Bike For Good said:
“We’re happy that the scheme is supporting the Glasgow community and encouraging groups of people to take up cycling again or for the first time in their lives. We’ve had so many users telling us how much the scheme has benefitted them since it began.”
nextbike has also recently launched a partnership with Malawian charity Cycle of Good to repurpose Glasgow’s old cycle inner tubes and plans to launch a fleet of ebikes into the city later this year.
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.
For more information on the ‘Bikes For All’ scheme please head to https://www.nextbike.co.uk/en/social-initiatives/