The Vale of Glamorgan Council has set aside funding for the pilot of the County's first fully electric bike sharing scheme in Wales.
The installation follows the success of the nextbike cycle hire scheme in Cardiff, which has seen 1,000 bikes docked around the Welsh Capital.
Nextbike UK ltd is part of the worlds most extensive bike sharing provider with more than 200 cities across 26 countries in 4 continents. Using mobile technology, users are able to book bikes via an app on a pay as you go or pay monthly subscription.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council says nextbike will install 50 electric bikes across several docking stations in Penarth.
Whilst potential locations have been identified, the Council is now inviting residents to give their suggestions.
Locations must meet the following criteria in order to be considered:
- Close to popular destinations such as existing transport links, job centres, supermarkets and other shops
- Within a 5-10 minute ride to other stations
- Have a high footfall
- Highly visible and easy to find
- Have enough space to allow safe movement of pedestrians and people with limited mobility
- Accessible by van or bike trailer to allow our service team to maintain the bikes and stations
- Monitored by CCTV
Following a public consultation, the Council will make final decisions based on the above criteria, as well as the ability to source power to the locations, which will be determined by power providers.
You can submit your location suggestions via www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
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