New bike hire scheme for Bath
How the scheme works
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. 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.
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.
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.
Launch & Bike Parade
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. To take part in the nextbike in Bath Launch Parade, everyone must pre-book one of the free tickets as numbers are limited.
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 21 June to try out the nextbikes on Royal Avenue, in Bath, from 10am to 3pm.
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