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Cardiff’s very own Boris bikes will be launching in the capital next spring

Cardiff’s very own “Boris Bikes” will be launching in the city next spring, and the scheme promises to be bigger and better than a similar one which flopped in 2011.

The London-style bike hire scheme will be a massive expansion on the initial pilot scheme five years ago, which saw 70 yellow OYbikes installed at 10 locations around Cardiff.

Under the new plans, around 500 self-service bikes will be located at docking terminals at a number of key sites across Cardiff, including district centres, universities and public transport facilities.

According to a council spokesman, the new scheme will be financed through sponsorship and at no cost to the taxpayer.

Ramesh Patel, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “The new scheme intends to be far larger that the initial pilot scheme back in 2011, with 500 self-service bikes located across the authority area.

“These will be based at a number of easily accessed sites including hire stations at district centres, universities locations close to existing public transport facilities.”

The infamous Boris Bikes

City transport chiefs are now trying to secure a provider to supply the bikes, docking stations and terminals as well as maintaining and operating the scheme.

An invitation to tender has been advertised by the council across the EU, along with a call for sponsors who could be given full naming rights and branding in exchange for their investment.

Mr Patel said: “From our initial market testing exercise, it is clear that there are a number of providers that are able to deliver this scheme.

“Cardiff hosts many prestigious events which attract worldwide attention, and next year isn’t any different. Whether it is the 6 Nations rugby fixtures, the ICC cricket fixtures, the autumn rugby internationals or the ultimate event secured next year – the Champions League final.

“This is an excellent sponsorship opportunity as the bikes, docking stations and terminals will be highly visible across the city and surrounding area. The success of similar schemes in other cities is clear to see.”

Peter Bolter
Ramesh Patel
Ramesh Patel

Subject to the council securing a provider for the bikes, contracts will be for an initial term of five years, with an option to extend for a further two years.

The authority said it plans to have the scheme fully commissioned and in operation by April 2017.

The capital previously ran bike hire scheme OYbike which flopped after two years. The yellow bikes could be collected from 10 locations and 11,000 journeys were made by around 2,000 registered users.

The scheme was co-funded by the Welsh Government and run by OYBike, who had operations in London, Cambridge, Reading and Farnborough.

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