Surrey has won through to the final stage of the Santander Cycles University Challenge to develop our own bespoke cycle hire scheme on campus. And we need your help to win!
We are competing against four other UK universities in a crowdfunding campaign - the two that achieve the highest percentage over their fundraising target will receive the capital costs for a cycle scheme valued up to £100,000.
During our crowdfunding campaign, which runs until 8 December 2017, we are calling on Surrey alumni, as well as students, staff and local residents, to get involved and pledge to support the pool bike project.
Phase 1 of the scheme will see a network of 50 bikes, with 92 storage racks and eight initial docking stations located on our Stag Hill and Manor Park campuses.
The University has already invested heavily in cycling infrastructure - cycle storage, showers, repair services etc - so the campus is already ‘bike friendly’ and we have committed to support the scheme with an annual contribution to subsidise the operation and annual promotion as part of our wider commitment to delivering sustainable transport options.
University students and staff have worked closely on the bid, and Surrey’s strength in supporting student enterprise is adding an extra dimension. A company set up by two of our alumni when they were undergraduates, Bike Bros based on campus, will maintain the bikes and help run the scheme, and students on our Entrepreneurship MSc will work on all aspects of the campaign, including setting up the crowd and its digital media presence.
Surrey project leader Ed Nelson, Transport Manager, said: “The University is a pioneer of sustainable transport. It has succeeded in limiting and reducing car use, undertakes research into the latest technologies and occupies a beautifully landscaped campus that is the perfect place for a large community of cyclists.
“Whilst bikes are a popular mode of transport with many students and staff, the scheme offers an exciting opportunity to extend bike use to infrequent users and to effectively ‘join up’ our two campuses.”
Matt Hutnell, director of Santander Universities UK, said: “Santander is committed to supporting both higher education and local communities across the UK, and we believe that a cycle scheme, such as this one, could bring significant local benefits to the winning institutions.
“We saw an extremely high standard of entries from many universities, so it was quite a challenge for the judging panel to select the finalists. The level of interest has indicated the enthusiasm for cycle schemes and we hope that whoever wins will be able to make a big difference to life on campus.”
The two winning universities will be announced in December 2017 with the scheme due to be launched in spring 2018.
Support us on our crowdfunding page and bring those bikes to Surrey!