Bath’s new bike hire scheme will officially launch on Tuesday 17th June with a Bike Parade being held in the city centre to mark the occasion.
The scheme – delivered by the independent company nextbike, working with Bath & North East Somerset Council – is designed with visitors and students in mind but local businesses and organisations are also being encouraged to use the bikes.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is supporting the nextbike initiative as part of its commitment to tackling congestion in Bath and getting more people moving around the city – through a variety of transport options – to support local businesses.
The Council is also running a campaign to highlight cycling opportunities across Bath and North East Somerset. (For more details visit: www.bathnes.gov.uk/Love2Cycle)
The ‘nextbike in Bath’ scheme will see 100 bikes docked across 9 rental locations including Bath Spa railway station, various city centre locations, Bath Spa University and the Royal United Hospital.
The bikes are available 24 hours a day and users can register and hire bikes in just a couple of minutes.
To celebrate the launch, nextbike is organising a Bike Parade around the city centre with a live Samba band, free ‘nextbike’ t-shirts and prizes up for grabs.
Parade-goers can borrow a shiny new nextbike for the ride or bring their own. The scheme will be officially launched to the general public after the Bike Parade.
The scheme, operated by nextbike, is part funded by Bath & North East Somerset Council through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, although it is hoped that it will become fully self-sufficient within a couple of years.
Cllr Caroline Roberts (Lib-Dem, Newbridge), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Bath & North East Somerset Council is very pleased to be part of this initiative which should tempt more people to consider cycling.
“We encourage everyone to give the nextbikes a try and help to tackle congestion, so that more people can get around quickly and easily, and make the most of the city’s wide variety of shops, places to eat and attractions.”
Rob Grisdale, Managing Director of nextbike UK commented on the launch: “It’s been a pleasure preparing for the launch of our Bath scheme and great to be working with so many local organisations, all eager to make the most of their new service.
“I can’t wait to be back later this summer to see lots more people exploring and getting around Bath on two wheels.”
It’s easy to join in with nextbike – users can register at any of the 9 stations, using the nextbike app, by phone, or at one of the service centres such as the Bath Visitor Information Centre, and it only takes a couple of minutes. Bikes can also be taken out the city centre with nextbike.
To take part in the nextbike in Bath Launch Parade, everyone must pre-book one of the free tickets as numbers are limited.
Registration to the scheme is free and each rental will cost £1 per half hour. For full subscribers rentals are free for the first half an hour of every rental.
There is a maximum charge of £10 per day to allow riders to explore the city for longer. A lock is provided too so that the bike can be secured during use.
Visit www.nextbike.co.uk for more details and to register for the Launch Parade or the nextbike in Bath scheme. There is currently a special 50% off launch offer which ends at the end of June.
If you can’t make it to the launch parade, come along to the Fresh Air Fayre on Saturday 21st June to try out the nextbikes on Royal Avenue, in Bath, from 10am to 3pm.