Nextbike returns to Cardiff after 'staggering' amount of bike vandalism and theft

The bike hire company suspended operations for two months after 300 bikes were stolen and a further 260 were vandalised

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Cardiff bike renting scheme Nextbike has returned to the city after being suspended in November 2021 for two months due to vandalism, theft and threats on staff. 

300 bikes were stolen since the company first started operations in 2018, with 130 of those taken between August and November 2021. The company also scrapped a further 260 bikes due to damage caused by vandalism, with some set on fire or dumped in rivers. 

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.