press release
Published: 06 November 2017

Crowdfunding campaign for Santander Cycles University Challenge

The University of Surrey has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring ‘Boris Bikes’ to Guildford after being shortlisted as one of the final five universities in the Santander Cycles University Challenge. 

Red Santander bike in front of the University of Surrey stag statue

Santander’s unique competition gives universities the opportunity to design and launch their own personalised cycle hire scheme, with the two winners receiving £100,000 worth of funding from Santander for the bicycles and docking stations.

The campaign will run for four weeks, as the University aims to crowdfund £51,000 and beyond. The two universities that achieve the highest percentage above their fundraising target will receive the support from Santander to install the scheme on their campuses.  

The University is a pioneer of sustainable transport and takes a proactive stance in preserving the environment. Winning the pool bikes will offer a sustainable transport option as the University develops, as well as helping to manage our impact on the local transport network and infrastructure. Winning the scheme and cementing the pool bike infrastructure at the University will also create a tangible opportunity to work with our partners within the local community to expand this into Guildford in the future.

Ed Nelson, Head of the University’s Transport Team, said: “We are very excited to be one of the five finalists, as the University of Surrey occupies a beautifully landscaped campus that is the perfect place for a large community of cyclists, which we hope will grow from here into and around Guildford.

“We take the issue of sustainability very seriously, we have been highly successful in limiting and reducing car use to campus and we hope that winning this competition will help us kick start the introduction of a scheme that will run across Guildford. We’re asking everyone to get behind the crowdfunding campaign and give a little that could start a cycling revolution across the town.”

Matt Hutnell, Santander Universities, 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 winners will be announced in December, with the infrastructure to be fitted and operational in Spring 2018.

The University warmly invite you to back the bike scheme and with your support, we have the chance to revolutionise the way our community travels on the campuses and beyond. To support this campaign, please pledge you support by visiting

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