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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.
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