Hillingdon borough is set to get its own Santander cycle hire scheme in early 2018 after Brunel University raised more than £85,000 to co-fund the project.
Brunel secured the second spot in the Santander Cycles University Challenge, in a joint bid with Hillingdon Hospital, which will see a scheme similar to the Santander cycles in central London coming to Hillingdon.
There are expected to be eight docking stations with 50 Santander and Brunel branded bicycles dotted around the campus, as well as docks at Hillingdon Hospital , Uxbridge town centre and at West Drayton's new Crossrail station.
The bikes are aimed at easing the area's rush hour traffic, cutting pollution and encouraging people to ditch the car for their morning commute.
The "Brunel Bikes" will be open to everyone and installed and operated by Nextbike, and cycles can be accessed with an annual membership or one-off card payment.
Public membership to the scheme will set you back £60, while staff and students at Brunel pay just £30 for a 12-month membership.
Members are allowed to ride an unlimited number of trips of up to 60 minutes each, every day.
Brunel raised £85,448 in funding for the scheme, 175% of the original target, beating off competition from Surrey, Birmingham and Portsmouth. Santander cycles will invest £100,000 towards the scheme.
Professor Julia Buckingham, Brunel’s vice chancellor and president, said: “The sheer amount pledged, significantly more than was originally asked for, goes to show just how enthusiastic Brunel’s students, staff and local partners are for our own bike scheme.
“I’m so proud of everyone involved in making this a reality, and I can’t wait to see our fleet of 'Brunel Bikes' out on the streets of Hillingdon, serving a healthier, happier community.”
Pauldy Otermans, president of the union of Brunel students, said: “I hope a lot of people can get a membership - it’s such an easy way to get around. It’s healthier, better for the environment, and you’re not stuck in traffic.
“It’s cheap too. Getting from town to campus and back on the bus costs £3, but membership comes as low as £30 a year, so I hope a lot of people will use the scheme.”
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