First wave of nextbikes arrive in Cardiff in bid to reduce congestion

500 bikes will be installed by August. Credit: PA images

The first wave of nextbikes arrive in Cardiff today ahead of it's official launch in May, in a bid to reduce traffic and pollution.

250 bicycles across 25 docking stations will be installed in the capital city by May - 50 of which go live today.

The number will then double to 500 by the end of August in and around Cardiff. It aims to cut traffic, free up parking spaces, and provide a healthier way to travel.

It comes as Cardiff City Council discuss the possibility of implementing a congestion charge.

Read more: Cardiff motorists could face congestion charge in council drive to reduce pollution

Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Planning and Transport has welcomed the first phase of the scheme.

Julian Scriven, MD of nextbike UK, said the benefits to Cardiff would be enormous.

The scheme is backed by Cardiff Council and financially supported by the Welsh Government.