Swansea University’s exciting and innovative Santander Cycles Swansea city-wide bikeshare scheme will go live on 5 July. 50 bikes will be available for all the community and visitors to the area to use. Hubs will be situated at the following locations across Swansea Bay:
Swansea University Singleton Park Campus
National Waterfront Museum
Fabian Way Park and Ride
Swansea University Bay Campus
A sixth hub in Mumbles will follow shortly and is due to be in place by Summer 2018. The University is also working closely with key partners to discuss plans and opportunities to expand the scheme through the city.
Swansea Council and Welsh Government have shown full support for the new scheme, working closely with the University and key partners on future development plans.
The bikeshare scheme will bring benefits to the whole of Swansea, including alleviating issues with traffic and parking, providing a sustainable means of travelling across the city and improving health and wellbeing.
Santander Cycles Swansea will be provided by nextbike, one of the world’s most experienced bike sharing providers which offers more than 150 schemes in 25 countries across 4 continents.
The University is working hard behind the scenes with nextbike to finalise plans for the installation of the first 5 docking stations; the delivery and assembly of the bikes; and the development of the IT system and website to support the operation of the scheme.
The University won the Santander Cycles University Challenge competition in December, winning £100,000 of capital funding to launch the scheme.
The winning crowdfunding campaign, which has been shortlisted for a CUBO Award, exceeded its original target when it secured significant backing from local individuals and organisations including Swansea Council and Mumbles Community Council.
Swansea University Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Rhodes, said:
“We have been overwhelmed with the support we have had from individuals, the community, businesses and councils for this ground breaking bikeshare scheme. Since our success in the competition phase of the scheme, we have been working hard with our partners to deliver the scheme to provide the strategically placed bike stations and cycles. As the scheme is rolled out we will also be considering and discussing ways that the scheme could possibly be expanded with support from the community. Swansea has been so supportive of the bike share hire scheme people pledged, we won and now we’ll deliver!”
Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Energy and Building Services, Andrea Lewis, said:
“This is a fantastic initiative by the universities which the Council fully supports. Creating the hubs where we have, has helped to develop a strategic route across the city and will give the public a great opportunity to get involved in the bike share scheme. This scheme fits perfectly with the Council’s longer term corporate aims of developing new modes of transport that also have an environmental benefit locally and helps to reduce congestion.”
Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK, said:
“We congratulate Swansea University again on being one of the two winners of the Santander Cycles University Challenge. We are really looking forward to the launch of Santander Cycles in Swansea which will ultimately benefit the local community who demonstrated such strong support for the scheme throughout the competition.”
Julian Scriven, nextbike UK MD, said:
“We’re really excited to be bringing bikeshare to the city of Swansea, thanks to the phenomenal efforts from everyone involved in the campaign. It was great to see how the University and local community really got behind the campaign and we hope they will continue to show their support once the scheme is up and running in the summer. nextbikes are one of the most affordable modes of transport around, with prices starting from as little as 8p per day for students. And with the other added benefits, including improving health and reducing congestion, bike-share will be a fantastic addition to the city.”