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A new Portsmouth cycle scheme – we need your support by the 8th December deadline to make your University a winner!

A new Portsmouth cycle scheme – we need your support by the 8th December deadline to make your University a winner!

Public cycle schemes have transformed life in cities worldwide. In London, the Santander scheme is affordable, flexible and convenient and has more than 11,000 bikes and 70 docking stations. We have a chance to bring the same convenience and health benefits (and even the same bikes!) to our own community in Portsmouth - but we need your support to beat other universities competing for the same prize.

We have created a crowdfunding website, where every pound pledged is so important #pedals4pompey at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/uopcycles where there is also more information, including the benefits – these include huge discounts on membership during the first year of the scheme should you still live locally or visit! There is also a great video to watch made by students.

Why do we need pledges?

Firstly, to help us win the competition! Our target figure is £61,573: once we reach it, every extra penny boosts our chances of success, so your pledge really will make a difference. Secondly, to go towards the scheme’s initial running costs while it gets established; we’re aiming for it to be self-funding within a year.

We’re competing against other UK universities in a Crowdfunding challenge. The two Unis that raise the most money over and above their target figure will each win a cycle scheme for their community. We want to be one of them, and we’re well on our way. Your pledge will only be collected if we’re successful in winning the competition. If the University of Portsmouth wins then it’s likely your money will be collected around 8th December. If we don’t win then you won’t pay a thing.

What are we hoping to get?

If we’re successful, Santander will provide £100,000 to fund 50 brand-new bikes, plus docking stations around the University, Southsea and the seafront. The bikes themselves are comfortable, reliable and easy to ride; they’ll be looked after by Motiv8, a local social enterprise, creating new opportunities for young people in Portsmouth. Help us to bring this fantastic, life-enhancing prize home to Portsmouth. – Thank you!

#pedals4pompey http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/uopcycles

“This exciting scheme will make Portsmouth a showcase in the South for encouraging active, environmentally-friendly travel, and will be good for the economic life of the City by boosting trade for local shops and businesses, as well as helping young people learn new skills”. Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice Chancellor. 

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