Cardiff’s leading bike share firm is adding to its 55 stations this week after impressive engagement from Cardiffian users.
nextbike, which celebrates its one year anniversary in the capital this May, has begun its expansion by adding six stations to Cardiff, allowing users access to 1,000 bikes and 100 stations when the planned expansion is complete.
The scheme’s expansion has developed from community engagement both on and offline, with Cardiffian nextbikers clocking up over up an incredible 411,665km since the scheme launched just 10 months ago – to put that into perspective, the distance to the moon is 384,400km.
The expansion will see stations installed in Splott, Butetown, Grangetown and Rumney as well as outside Ninian Park Station.
nextbike MD Krysia Solheim said she was thrilled to see the Cardiff scheme thriving;
“The demand for bike share in Cardiff has been phenomenal since we officially launched in May last year. The community has completely embraced the scheme and it’s largely thanks to public demand that the scheme has grown so quickly,” she said.
“Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government, Cardiff University and a number of other stakeholders have also shown fantastic commitment to enable Cardiff to realise its ambition to become one of the best cycling cities in the UK.”
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.