Santander Cycles Crowdfunding Competition

Santander cycle with Uni logoWatch our crowdfunding competition video at, make a pledge by the 8 December and make us a winner!

The University of Portsmouth is competing against four other universities in a crowdfunding competition for the chance to win 50 Santander cycles for the city, for anyone to use.  The cycle scheme sponsored by Santander and supplied by nextbike, will be available from docking stations around the University, Southsea and the seafront from Spring 2018. Daily maintenance of the cycles will be provided by your local charity Motiv8 who give young people new skills and a chance in life. Let’s give young people a chance in life, get Portsmouth cycling, reduce the cars on our streets and clean up our air!

How can Portsmouth win?

By everyone making a pledge by the 8 December competition deadline at  Anyone can support the University bid by making a pledge, large or small. The two universities who crowdfund the most will be announced winners.

How will my pledge be used?

Your pledge will help us be a winner. Not only will your support help bring a bike share scheme to Portsmouth for the first time, it will be used to maintain and redistribute the cycles every day by the Portsmouth based charity Motiv8. One of Motiv8’s social enterprises called Bicycle Recycling gives life chances to young people by providing training and jobs in bike maintenance from shop premises such as the Community Cycle Hub on Winston Churchill Avenue. Your pledge could give more local young people a new skill and a chance in life.

How will the cycle scheme work?

A dedicated phone app from nextbike gives you instant access to a range of hire fares. Great if you fancy a ride along the seafront, want to go shopping or need to pop between city centre buildings – hop on and off as often as you like day and night. When you’re finished return the cycle to a docking station. These quality cycles have integrated lights and locks and will be maintained and redistributed daily so they are always available and in good working order.

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  1. Presumably the bikes would be for use by anyone in Portsmouth so perhaps it would be worth contacting Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth Football Club to see if their staff want to get involved in pledging?

    • Hi Helen,

      Thanks for your comment. The project team are making contact with as many potential users as possible.

  2. Is there any information on how much rental will cost? I think people would be more likely to pledge funding if this was available.

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