Launch of UK's first social equity bike share project in Glasgow

Families and residents in Govanhill and Bridgeton are being encouraged to get in the saddle as Glasgow Bike Station and nextbike team up to provide a summer packed with two-wheeled activities.

Group rides, cycle-in movie nights, road skills sessions and family rides are just some of the events planned to connect the community with the benefits of cycling.

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The Bike Share 4 All partnership will also see the price of nextbike annual membership reduced from £60 to just £3, encouraging those without access to their own bike, or in need of confidence building, to rediscover the thrill of two wheels.

As the nextbike scheme in Glasgow doubles, there’s no better time to become a part of the cycling revolution.

By proving residency of Govanhill or Bridgeton with photographic ID or a utility bill, residents will be eligible for the cut-price membership which will enable them to take an unlimited number of 30 minute journeys on nextbikes across the network of stations in the city.

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Victoria Leiper, Head of Project at Glasgow Bike Station said “Although the nextbike scheme is incredibly popular in Glasgow, we know that there are significant barriers which prevent more people from accessing it.  These are often financial, language related or due to a lack of confidence to cycle in the city.  This project will attempt to break these barriers down by providing support and guidance to get cycling.

Cycling ticks so many boxes – it is a cheap and easy way to get from A to B, it improves your overall health and fitness levels and is good for the environment.  We are really excited to be part of this and to introduce more people to the joys of cycling!”

Julian Scriven, Managing Director of nextbike UK, commented: “We are in a golden age of transport and we are delighted with how well the scheme has been received in Glasgow by people from all walks of life.

“By offering reduced price memberships and reducing payment barriers, nextbike is demonstrating its commitment to making cycling more accessible to low income and under-represented groups.

“There is the assumption that rental bikes are mainly for tourists but we have found that city dwellers are among the highest number of users, making the most of them for all kinds of journeys throughout the day and night.”

To sign up for activities, become a member, you can call the free phone number 0141 261 1609 or email vicroad@thebikestation.org.uk or find out more on [B4A website]. In addition, residents can drop in at the new Bike Station Community Hub, 509 Victoria Road, G42 8BH to find out more or sign-up. Payment can be made in cash so there’s no need to give debit or credit card details.

Cycling is a great way to get moderate weekly exercise while also being a fun way to get around. The nextbike scheme gives you use of bike without the worries of the cost of a new bike, theft, the need to undertake maintenance or store it at home.

The Bike Share 4 All project is part financed by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government through the Social Innovation Fund. The collaboration with Bikeplus, the national bike share charity, and the Glasgow Bike Station, is delivering a summer of activities to inspire communities to take to two wheels, with research being conducted by Edinburgh Napier University.

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