Swansea University has today (Thursday 9th May) launched a sixth Santander Cycles hub situated in Mumbles.
The hub is located on the foreshore, opposite Promenade Terrace with 10 bikes and 20 docks added to the already popular bike share scheme.
Welsh Government, Swansea Council and Mumbles Community Council are among those who have backed the Santander Cycles scheme, which was launched by Swansea University in July last year following victory in the Santander Cycles University Challenge.
The city joined London, Milton Keynes and Brunel to become one of four Santander-backed bike share schemes.
The scheme has already proved hugely popular, with users having access to an initial 55 bikes at five conveniently located hubs including Swansea University’s Singleton Park Campus, Civic Centre, Waterfront Museum, Fabian Way Park & Ride and Swansea University’s Bay Campus.
The continental-style bikes – which are available to the whole community, as well as visitors to the city – are provided by leading bike sharing company nextbike, Once registered with the Swansea scheme, users can access nextbike schemes in over 200 cities worldwide, including Cardiff which launched its scheme in May 2018.
The scheme offers an affordable way of travelling across Swansea, with different tariff and membership options available.
The pay-as-you-ride tariff costs just £1 for 30 minutes’ use and a maximum of £10 per day. For more frequent users, an affordable annual membership is now charged at £5 per month over 12 months and allows members to ride for the first 30 minutes free of charge. In response to customer feedback and in order to make the scheme even more accessible, nextbike has this month introduced a new monthly membership at £10 per month and no commitment.
Bikes can be unlocked and hired at any of the hubs electronically using an app, by phone or on the bike’s terminal.
The launch of the Mumbles hub marks the completion of phase one of the scheme and Swansea University will continue to work with key partners to consider options for future phases in additional locations.