Concern people will be forced into cars after Nextbike scheme scrapped in Cardiff
Some Cardiff residents are worried about pollution following the scrapping of the Nextbike scheme in the city.
Last week, Nextbike announced the closure of its operation in Cardiff after thousands of bikes were stolen or vandalised over the course of five years. The scheme which was contracted to end in early 2025 will now end next month.
People that used the scheme have said they will be forced to use their cars which will increase their carbon footprint and will not be as cost effective.
Henry, a third year student in Cardiff told CJS News: “I’ve used them for the last several years to get to university because it was quick and efficient”.
“Driving into work will cause traffic issues for myself whereas before I could just ride down the hill on my bike and be there instantly”.
However his main concerns were of its environment impact and how it will increase costs of transport.
“This is obviously going to be detrimental to the environment because like myself people will start using their cars”.
He says an increase in car usage will also will incur charges for petrol and parking which are not affordable.
One woman said she totally disagreed with the decision by Nextbike because “using cars instead [of bikes] is really harmful for the environment”.
Another woman said that in the UK, “cars are always given priority over bikes”.
Whereas she feels other countries are more environmentally aware.
Despite Nextbike scrapping its scheme in Cardiff, the latest data from the council shows that air pollution in the city continues to improve. The council’s forty seven air quality stations shows that in 2023, there haven’t been any breaches of air pollution standards.
Nextbike notified its customers that after December 31st bikes and memberships will be cancelled. All Nextbikes must be returned to an official station by this date. Customers who have purchased memberships should contact customer service on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jess Strangward, Regional Operations Manger for Nextbike says that “. Unfortunately, the rate of vandalism this year meant it was unfeasible for us to continue and offer a good service”.
Councilor Dan De’Ath, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport of Cardiff Council said “”The Cardiff and Vale cycle-hire scheme has, despite its challenges, been an immensely popular scheme with a significant number of users and we thank its dedicated and loyal customers for their support”.
The council have acknowledged the scheme was popular and are currently looking for an alternative bike scheme going forward.