Through Bikes For All, we provide free membership to the nextbike scheme for people of Glasgow on low or no income.
What is this project?
The Bikes For All project offers annual memberships for £3 to the nextbike city-wide bike hire scheme, which usually costs £60. Nextbike are an innovative bike share scheme provider, offering high quality and good value bikes situated across Glasgow.
Alongside the heavily-discounted membership, we also offer a cheaper hire system:
- Normal nextbike membership: First 30 mins of rental is free, and every 30 mins thereafter is 50p
- Bikes For all nextbike membership: First 60 mins is free, and every 60 mins is 50p thereafter
We reason that as long as users keep their commute to within an hour long, they will not have to pay for cycle transport.
We offer orientation rides, guidance on how to hire a bike, and how to cycle in Glasgow city centre. We have instructions for the Nextbike scheme available in many languages. You don’t need a bank card or a smartphone to access the bikes, as we know this can be a big barrier.
Who can benefit?
Bikes For All is for anyone in Glasgow who is on a very low, or no, income. Typical users of Bikes For All are people suffering long-term conditions leaving them less able to work, the unemployed, homeless or those in temporary accommodation, and refugees and asylum seekers.
Anyone who has accessed the Wheelbeing project is eligible for a Bikes For All membership.
Impact so far
In 2018 – 2019 we distributed 240 memberships to people in need in Glasgow. This generated over 7000 journeys. We are proud to be able to offer free cycle transport to those in Glasgow who might not have access to other ways of getting around.
“Now I can move to different places in Glasgow. I feel free and it simply makes me happy! It also enables me to practice road skills and I now feel much more confident cycling on the road and on the left-hand side of the road. I can go to the park for some exercise and fresh air as well as uses nextbike to commute to appointments. And I have also managed to save money not using the bus all the time.”
-Anne Gladkova, Bikes For All user
Read some Bikes For All case studies here.
Why is it necessary?
Bikes For All is a practical and feasible option for people living in temporary accommodation / social housing, or are homeless. The discounted membership to the nextbike scheme means they don’t have to worry about the financial aspects of buying a bike, or the logistical aspects of storing and maintaining a bike.
How can you engage with this project?
If you are based in Glasgow, and feel that you would benefit from a Bikes For All membership, please contact Nina:
- 07541 640693