Three Cardiff-based charities will get a slice of the pie this month after nextbikers across the UK raised almost £900 through the bike share firm’s annual charity campaign.
In the run up to Christmas, nextbike halved the price of its annual subscription to just £30. And for every subscription sold, £15 was then donated to the charity of the customer’s choice.
The organisations – bereavement charity 2 Wish Upon a Star, animal rescue centre ARC and cancer support charity Maggie’s Cardiff – were chosen as part of the firm’s festive cash giveaway in December.
The charities were chosen by members of the public from across the UK – and Cardiff charities came out on top, with three out of the four most voted-for charities coming from the city.
Anna Mason, from ARC, said, “We are thrilled to have been chosen for this campaign. Now we can help more abandoned animals in South Wales.
“We are in the process of buying more traps and huts to help with a huge colony of cats in three key areas of Cardiff. The money will help give them a much higher quality of life.”
nextbike managing director, Krysia Solheim said she was delighted that nextbike was able to have made a difference in the Cardiff community.
“We’re passionate about local communities here at nextbike, so it was great to see the campaign received so well in Cardiff.
“Each of the charities does amazing work in the community and we’re delighted to be able to give them that little extra support.”
Cardiff’s bike share scheme currently has 500 bikes across 50 stations and is soon to expand to 1,000 bikes and 100 stations due to the scheme’s popularity.
nextbikes are available 24 hours a day and users can register and hire bikes in just a couple of minutes. The cycle-share scheme is one of the cheapest ways to get around Cardiff, with fees starting from as little as 16p per day.
nextbike plans to continue expanding its network of schemes this year, with launches planned in the West Midlands and Portsmouth, as well as expanding its current fleets and introducing electric bikes into selected cities, starting in Glasgow.