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Read the latest news from across the whole sector that highlights the development of affordable, accessible and low-carbon shared mobility

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News - 6 Apr 2020

Shared Mobility helps in Coronavirus Crisis

We are in uncharted waters as a country.  During this crisis, CoMoUK is engaging with the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments to stress the societal and climate crisis benefits that shared transport brings and the unprecedented impact this will have on the sector. Shared mobility providers are responding to the crisis by providing essential transport services for NHS, care workers and food delivery services. Here are the examples we are aware of so far:  

Car share

  Enterprise Car Club is offering FREE membership to personnel across the NHS, Emergency Services, NHS Volunteers and Armed Forces. Read more here.   Co-wheels Car Club is offering all NHS care staff such as doctors, nurses and paramedics, plus NHS Volunteers and all front line carers, such as home helps and staff in care homes, 50% off bookings. Read more here.    Zipcar is working with all NHS trusts to give all NHS staff up to 50% off journeys with Zipcar. Read more here   Ubeeqo is providing vehicles to councils and other organisations delivering essential services for a range of tasks, including for prescription deliveries, non-urgent patient transfers and food-bank deliveries. To support further, Ubeeqo is offering up to 50% off the standard contract rate for organisations delivering essential services as part of the fight against Coronavirus. For more details contact   Hiya car is offering NHS staff free car hire on their platform for the next 3 weeks (and potentially longer if needed). Read more here.    Karshare is coordinating the sharing of private vehicles for the use by key workers.  Read more here      

Ride share

  Liftshare has put together a special team dedicated to supporting vital services such as the NHS. Read more here  

Bike share

Some bike share schemes have taken the difficult decision with local authorities to close during the outbreak however where there is sufficient staff to manage the extra cleaning regime bikes are being prioritised for key workers.   Transport for London's Santander Cycle Hire scheme is offering free membership for NHS staff. Read more here.   Nextbike are providing free memberships and e-bike to NHS workers in Scotland to help them get to and from work safely during the Covid-19 outbreak. All NHS workers will be eligible for the scheme, which has been launched to help them minimise the risks of contracting Covid-19 while travelling to and from work on public transport. Read more here and here   Freebike has distributed bikes to  Royal London Hospital and Mile End hospital to use as free and safe transport. Read more here.    Beryl Bikes has made all of their bikes across the country free to use for NHS staff. They log in using a valid nhs email address. In London they have made bikes available for free long term personal hire for any Key worker by emailing at support@beryl.cc and Read more here.   Brompton Bike Hire is crowdfunding to provider free folding bikes to NHS workers. Read more here and here.   Jumpbike is offering free rides to NHS workers to help them get to and from work as quickly and safely as possible. Read more here.   BTNBikeshare, Brighton, is offering free annual memberships for NHS staff in Brighton & Hove. There is a dedicated bike cleaning team, safety information on the website and information hubs, plus a number of virtual geofenced hubs to assist NHS staff journeys specifically.
 

Flexible On-Demand Transport

  Zeelo is offering short term flexible transport solutions for organisations with key workers and changing its operating procedures to maintain safety.  Read more here
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News - 30 Mar 2020

Life After Covid-19

Read Richard Dilks latest Local Transport Today article.

LIFE AFTER COVID-19


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News - 15 Jan 2020

Forty Shades of Rural

Read Richard Dilks latest Local Transport Today article.

Forty Shades of Rural


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News - 19 Dec 2019

ShareNow withdraws from London & many global cities

CoMoUK is saddened by the news of Share Now's withdrawal from a number of global cities including London. London does have a relatively complicated structure for car clubs, yet it remains very much open for business for shared mobility - with now nearly half a million car club members in the city. With measures such as the planned expansion of the Ultra Low Emissions Zone in the future, there are strong further opportunities for car clubs to help more Londoners not own cars, drive less and use public transport and active travel more. Share Now customers will be contacted and given CoMoUK's details so they can be made aware of other providers in the market and hopefully continue their use of car sharing.  

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News - 21 Oct 2019

Shared Mobility – from “nice to know” to “need to have”

It is almost a month since the launch of the Commission on Travel Demand’s report on Shared Mobility: where now? Where next? This blog is an opportunity to take stock and ask not just where next but how to get there. The report painted a very clear picture about the carbon, congestion, inclusion, investment and indeed health benefits of greater sharing. Whilst it brought together data from across government, academia and industry, these statements on the positive benefits of sharing are not new. What was different was their placement against the demands of a Net Zero carbon future. Greater sharing is a technologically, socially and financially credible approach to rapidly decarbonising, alongside electrification. So, why is it still at the margins of policy and what needs to change for shared mobility to be at the forefront rather than the margins? First, there needs to be a recognition that nowhere in the UK has a credible transport strategy which is consistent with Net Zero. Not just the end goal of Net Zero but the carbon reduction pathway necessary every year en-route. Research by colleagues shows that even a Norway style take up of EVs does not get us close to our targets and that a MAJOR shift in how we travel has to be part of any pathway that gets us anyway close. I fear we will be waiting a year or two for the numbers to be run in local and national governments to show that there is no deliverable ‘electrification only’ strategy. We can’t rely on nudge either, the scale of behavioural change is not a nudge but something more fundamental. So, policy honesty is a necessary pre-condition to opening up the need for a substantially more ambitious shared mobility future. Second, the transport profession needs to do more to place the car in a mobility ecosystem. We should all advocate as strongly as we can for low carbon mass-transit, walk and cycle options. However, if we ignore the different challenges and needs or peri-urban and rural areas then we simply will not be providing a system which works for everyone. Shared cars, delivered through a range of business models, need to be part of the solution to decarbonise quickly. Without the work of CoMoUK and its predecessor organisations the evidence cupboard would be pretty bare. As such, the report recommends that the Department for Transport works directly with CoMoUK to develop a neutral repository for data and evaluation of new innovations such that there is a robust and trusted evidence base from which to justify policy change. The Commission made twenty recommendations to different national government departments, local government and industry players. They include ensuring that the potential for shared mobility to deliver carbon savings is given due consideration by the Committee on Climate Change and rethinking how research on sharing is done and how demonstrations and trials are funded, again areas which I would expect CoMoUK and member organisations to lead on. However, the recommendations are also action oriented as well as process focussed. In particular we identify a major opportunity with public fleets and procurement and for a change in approach by Highways England which currently focuses on vehicles per hour rather than people per hour. A rapid shift to supporting a motorway network which facilitates sharing and integration into local transport networks could be brought about if it is taken to be important. Twenty recommendations seems a lot and I would be surprised if they all prove to be implementable. Nonetheless, they represent a serious attempt to take an integrated overview of what needs to change to increase the amount of sharing from today’s levels. I’m looking forward to discussions at the CoMoUK Collaborative Mobility Conference in Birmingham in November to continue to push this ambitious, inclusive and low carbon agenda forward.
About the author: Greg Marsden is a Professor of Transport Governance at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. He is Co-Chair of the Commission on Travel Demand which is funded by the Centre for Energy Demand Reduction Solutions and UKRI. He also leads the DecarboN8 network which takes a place-based approach to accelerating decarbonisation across the North.
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News - 18 Oct 2019

It’s time to move the private car from star billing to supporting part

Richard Dilks, CoMoUK Chief Executive, writes on improving transport efficiency.

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News - 28 Aug 2019

The end of innocence: helping shared mobility find its rightful place

Richard, CoMoUK Chief Executive, writes on how how inclusion of all mobility services is key in LTT.

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News - 19 Jun 2019

Our Chief Executive’s Thoughts After His First Month

As I reach the nano-milestone of my first month in the job, it’s a moment to pause and reflect. I said on taking up the role that it was an honour to do so, and this month has only solidified my view on that. Well-designed and executed shared mobility already has had huge positive impacts, and there is so much potential to go further. To be able to help CoMoUK take that forward across its research, advocacy, guidance, accreditation and practice is a great privilege. I’ve found within CoMoUK a team of highly talented people doing a huge amount on slender resources. They’re a genuine pleasure to work with and are at the cutting edge of shared mobility thought and practice. My priorities are to help CoMoUK grow sustainably; to build its profile, including in London where I am based; to continue and deepen its evidence base; to roll up our sleeves on ideas that bring shared modes together through our Share North work on mobility hubs; and to help it bridge into those areas that so entwine with shared mobility, but are often disconnected in terms of policymakers’ approaches. I am thinking here of health; urban design; public transport. One time where you should feel all this coming together is our conference in Birmingham in November – the programme for which is shaping up very excitingly. After all, you’re only 20 once. I think the challenges and opportunities apparent in 1999 are mostly still with us – it’s just that a lot of them are more acute. We better understand now what we are doing to our climate and to the air, particularly in our cities and towns. We have more people than ever in those cities and towns. But we do also have the technologies to help us with these issues, and increasingly we have the public sector and private market procuring, commissioning and delivering shared mobilities that hold part of the answer of how we are going to get more people into urban areas while making them more pleasant, sustainable places to live and how we are going to provide mobility in rural areas when the costs and physical requirements of private car ownership and use do not stack up for everyone or for the rural environment itself. I believe we partly all have CoMoUK to thank for that and here’s to the next 20.
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