Cardiff to launch bicycle hire scheme

January 2, 2018 by  

There will be a new travel option available to people in Cardiff, starting later this year, with the news that a bicycle hire project similar to an existing one in London is being launched.

The London version was the brainchild of then-mayor Boris Johnson and it has become an integral part of life in that city. Now it is coming to Cardiff and will see docking stations to house the rental bikes put up across the Welsh capital, providing people with an affordable and ‘green’ means of transport.

There will be 25 of these stations in total, containing 250 vehicles, with the latter set to be provided by Nextbike. Cardiff residents will have the choice of buying a year’s membership or just paying for the bike as they use it.

Work on the scheme will be getting underway early this year and it is hoped that it will be ready to go by late spring, before further expansion over the following year. Caro Wild, from the council, told Wales Online that:

“We’ve seen in London how their bike scheme really increased the accessibility and visibility of bikes and we think Nextbike will do the same for Cardiff. Cardiff is a compact and relatively flat city so cycling is a good option for shorter journeys.”

Leaflet printing may be used to advertise the stations when the scheme launches.