Bike share firm nextbike has announced a collaboration with Welsh Cycling in an attempt to encourage more of Cardiff’s public to get out on their bikes.
As part of the venture, ‘Let’s Ride’ pop-up participants will be able to access 200 two hour free cycling codes to be used on nextbike’s memberships posted throughout the year.
The nextbike scheme has also partnered with the NHS to deliver ‘nextbike on prescription’ for several medical practices across Cardiff.
nextbike MD, Krysia Solheim, said: “We are pleased to be able to collaborate with Welsh Cycling and bring bike share to a new audience who may already reap the benefits of cycling but have never thought about using the scheme before to stay on their bikes even when they don’t have their own with them.
“We hope this partnership is another step towards changing how we move through our cities for the better.”
The bike share’s Cardiff scheme has been nextbike’s most successful UK launch since it first began operations in the UK back in 2014. At the tail end of last year, the firm announced it planned add an extra 500 bikes to its Cardiff scheme this year, after an £800,000 investment by the Welsh government.
Georgina Harper, National Development Manager at Welsh Cycling, said: “We’re thrilled to launch this collaboration with nextbike in Cardiff to enable those people without access to a bike to participate in our free led ride programme and the opportunity to use the scheme to explore the area, or even to commute into the city.”
The next ‘Let’s Ride’ pop-up event will take place on 7th July at Llandaff Fields, with codes able to be used to access other ‘Let’s Ride’ programmes.
nextbike has over 200 schemes worldwide and a number of locations in the UK, including Cardiff, London, Milton Keynes, Brunel, Swansea, Stirling, Glasgow, Surrey, Warwick and the West Midlands.