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Swansea University Wins Santander University Cycles Challenge

The Santander University Cycles Challenge

This challenge offered Santander UK university partners a chance to win capital costs to help set up their own cycle share scheme. This initial £100,000 investment which will be provided by Santander UK, is the cost to procure and install the bike docking stations, 50 bikes and the technology required for operation of the scheme.

Swansea’s Cycle Scheme

The Bike Hubs
  • Swansea University Singleton Campus: 20 Stations, 11
  • Civic Centre: 20 Stations, 11
  • National Waterfront Museum: 20 Stations, 11
  • Fabian Way Park and Ride: 10 Stations, 6
  • Bay Campus: 20 Stations, 11

How Will it work?
  • The scheme will be run by our local service provider (for bike balancing and bike maintenance) and supported by the UK's leading bikeshare scheme provider Nextbike UK. Scheme users will need to register with the scheme and once they've done so, cycle hire is simple and easy:
  • Bikes are available to hire 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
  • Bike hire is simple: you can use an app, call the hotline or do it through a computer located on the bike itself.
  • You can hire up to four bikes at the same time and return them to any official docking station.
  • Once you register with the scheme, you can also rent cycles from nextbike schemes in 14 countries worldwide (local usage charges apply).

(source: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/bikescheme/aboutthebikesharescheme/)

Crowdfunding Phase

To win the competition, the University had to run a crowdfunding campaign to gauge the interest for a bike scheme in the University and the Swansea community. The target of the crowdfunding campaign is the cost to maintain and keep the bike scheme going for the year.

The crowdfunding phase begun at 6th of November 2017 and ended on the 8th of December 2017 with a target of £53,178.


Swansea University came first place by smashing the target and successfully raising £100,210 with the support of 612 supporters in 33 days. This success was due to all the hard-work and persistence of the Swansea Team and the overwhelming support from the Swansea community, Swansea University staff and students, local businesses and Swansea City Council.

(More on: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media-centre/news-archive/2017/wediditwepledgedandwewon.php)

James Carlos

8 January 2018