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Students compete to bring Santander Cycles scheme to their universities

Swansea University currently leading in competition hosted on Crowdfunder

Students at five universities are currently competing to try and secure a Santander Cycles hire scheme for the places where they study, with two institutions – and potentially, the wider community – set to benefit should the entrants successfully crowdfund the money to operate it.

Under the Santander Cycles University Challenge competition, launched in January this year, students from 25 universities were provided with consultancy and coaching from Nextbike and Crowdfunder to develop their own cycle hire schemes.

Five universities made the shortlist, and earlier this month each of them launched campaigns on Crowdfunder in which they are aiming to raise the money necessary to run their proposed cycle hire scheme for a year.

To actually secure the scheme – and the £100,000 up-front costs which will be met by Santander Cycles – they will have to beat their Crowdfunder target, with the two doing so by the greatest percentage emerging as winners.

The four-week funding campaign which is open until 8 December, is roughly at its midway point and only one group of students, from Swansea University, are close to halfway to meeting their target, with 46 per cent raised of the £53,178 they are seeking.

Next is the University of Birmingham, where students have raised 36 per cent of their target, followed by the University of Portsmouth at 33 per cent, Brunel University London at 24 per cent and finally the University of Surrey with 9 per cent.

You can access all of the project pages on Crowdfunder via the competition’s page on the crowdfunding platform.

Assuming two of the institutions meet their targets, the schemes will be rolled out in spring next year with 50 bikes each and the possibility to expand them in the future.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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