Cardiff nextbike scheme integrated with Cardiff Bus app
Posted: 20 May 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
Bosses at nextbike, Cardiff Bus and Passenger stated that they believe this move offers essential workers travelling around the city now – and the passengers of the future post-lockdown – more options to control their journeys.
Cardiff Bus, bike share operator nextbike and app developer Passenger have collaborated to offer customers the option to “seamlessly travel around the city.” nextbike will feature on the app, which allows its 53,000 monthly users to find out everything they need for travelling around the city by bus, from journey planning to live times and purchasing tickets.
The addition of nextbike aims to give passengers the option to depart from a bus service and continue on an available bike. Users will be able to see on the app how many nextbike bikes and e-bikes are available at bays near bus routes across the city, designed to enable them to make an informed decision to change their journey.
nextbike MD, Krysia Solheim, said: “This collaboration allows us to empower Cardiff citizens to make more choices about the way they travel, which is going to be even more important moving forward post-lockdown.
“Cycling is going to be a huge part of transport in the future, and the more options we can give people to cycle thanks to collaborations like this one with Cardiff Bus and Passenger, can only be a good thing.
“During the pandemic, we’ve been monitoring the situation constantly and current evidence shows that the COVID-19 virus doesn’t survive for long in the open air, meaning using a nextbike is considered a reasonably low-risk way of getting around.
“To minimise risks even further, we’re continuing to carry out enhanced cleaning measures at our warehouses, including sanitising the handlebars and bike computers of all bicycles before they are redistributed.”
Gareth Stevens, Operations and Commercial Director at Cardiff Bus, added: “Cardiff Bus are thrilled to be able to integrate nextbike locations into our app and website.
“Not only does it give people travelling in Cardiff more options when planning their essential journeys right now, but it also helps to bridge the first mile last mile gaps, which will ultimately help to keep our city greener and cleaner in the future.”
Tom Quay, CEO of Passenger, said: “Anticipating the challenges the UK would have trying to social distance on public transport, we immediately knew that cycle hire schemes could make a difference. Having already worked with another bike sharing company in Bournemouth, we contacted nextbike to help get their bike and bay locations featured on the Cardiff Bus app and website.
“Key workers can now see the locations of nextbike bikes across Cardiff, providing them with travel options that support social distancing recommendations.”