We recently held a survey asking residents what they thought about Cardiff Council's plans to install a nextbike stand on Station Road.
Here are the results....
Nearly 70% of you would use a nextbike:
Most of you would use a nextbike to travel to and from town, along the Taff Trail. Some of you would head north along the trail:
Radyr Station is seen as the best location for a nextbike stand, narrowly beating Station Road:
Even so, there doesn't seem to be any strong objection to locating the stand on Station Road - although your responses to Cardiff Council's proposals were mixed.
Detailed questions about the proposal led to:
At the end of the day, almost 87% of you think we should have a nextbikes stand in Radyr:
And if we were to be given a second nextbike stand, the most popular choice for that, by a narrow margin, would be somewhere in Morganstown (which 53% of you think should have a nextbikes stand):
So the headlines from the survey are:
We hope that you enjoyed taking part in our survey. We think it's a great way for us to engage with the community - and to find out what you think.
We will be conducting more surveys - so please look out from them. The more who take part, the easier it will be for us to be sure that we are accurately representing the community's views.
Thanks again to those who took part in this survey!
Take part in our survey!
Cardiff Council is planning to install a nextbike station on Station Road, by the shops.
Is this a good idea? let us know what you think by taking part in our survey, which you can find here.
What is a nextbike?
nextbikes cost £1 to hire for every thirty minute period (although costs can reduce to 50p per thirty minutes if you agree a monthly or annual contract).
You can hire a nextbike by downloading the company's app. When you find a nextbike that you want to hire, you enter the bike's unique registration code on your app - which then displays another code that you can use to unlock the bike. When you've finished with it, you return it to any nextbike station and lock it to the stand. You are charged for the bike via the app.
You can read more on the company's website, here.
What would happen on Station Road?
The nextbike station would measure 8 metres by 3.2 metres (2 metres for the bikes and the stand, plus a minimum of 1.2 metres to allow safe pedestrian space around the rental station). That's 26 feet by 10 feet.
The station would look like the one shown below.
It is not clear, however, who owns the land in front of each shop. Also, the nextbike stand would take up space at the heart of our community, which is slowly becoming a place where people enjoy sitting out in front of the restaurant, cafe and bars. Cicchetti currently has a planning application submitted to extend their outdoor seating area. So there may be a conflict of interests here - for businesses and residents. Even so, having nextbikes on Station Road could benefit our community. Let us know what you think!
Is there anything else I should know?
There have been some recent reports in the press about nextbike vandalism in Cardiff - along with empty nextbike stands which has 'baffled and frustrated cyclists'. You can read about the story here.
What about my privacy?
We use SmartSurvey, a UK-based, online survey service. SmartSurvey is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (registration number: Z1155070) - which is the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights. You can read their privacy policies here.