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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
News - 4 Jun 2018
The evolution from Carplus Bikeplus, echoes the evolution of shared mobility
CoMoUK's intention is to play a leading role in the UK's transition to integrated mobility solutions designed for the public good.
CoMoUK works to maximise public benefit of shared modes, car clubs, bike share, 2+ ride share, and emerging modes such as "on demand" buses and scooter sharing, by supporting their development and nurturing innovation.
The charity carries out research to illustrate the impacts of the sector, leads on innovative development projects to maximise benefits to all and facilitates the sharing of best practice. In addition CoMoUK offers technical advice and consultancy services.
News - 4 Jun 2018
Bike Share User Survey Prize Draw Terms and Conditions
The Prize Draw is open to all respondents to the Bike share survey. Route to entry for the Prize Draw is via completion of the survey including your name and email address (in order for Bikeplus to notify you should you win the draw). Closing date for entry in Prize Draw is midnight (GMT) on 18th June 2017 After this date then no further entries to the Prize Draw will be permitted. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason. The promoter will notify any changes to the Prize Draw to entrants as soon as possible. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition. No cash alternative to the Gift Vouchers will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice. The prize on offer is Gift Vouchers to the value of £50 and delivery of the prize will be agreed with the winner.
Shared Cars News - 30 May 2018
Car Clubs are growing in Scotland
The full report and infographic highlighting the key findings are available here.
News - 10 May 2018
Bike Share Forum
The Forum meetings usually occur monthly by telephone conference as well as through conference events.
Discussions cover latest funding opportunities and sector innovations as well as providing scheme managers with a chance to share challenges and experience.
The previous topics have covered:
• National users survey
• Procurement process
• Electric bikes
• Bike share safety
• Community engagement and responses to theft & vandalism
• Quality assurance
• Different models of bike share
Shared Bikes News - 25 Apr 2018
Expansion of successful social inclusion project in Glasgow inspiring refugees and women to cycle
The partnership is a collaboration between Bike for Good, nextbike, Bikeplus, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and Cycling Scotland. The organisations involved are: Red Cross (Chrysalis project), Night Shelter, Govan Community Project, Kinning Park Complex, Central and West Integration Network, Maryhill integration network, Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA), Blue Triangle, Thenue Housing Association, New Gorbals Housing Association, Saheliya, LGBT Mental health and wellbeing. Victoria Leiper, Head of Projects at Bike for Good said “Although the nextbike scheme is incredibly popular in Glasgow, we know that there are significant barriers which prevent more people from accessing it. These are often financial, language related or due to a lack of confidence to cycle in the city. This project will attempt to break these barriers down by providing support and guidance to get cycling. Julian Scriven, Managing Director of nextbike UK, commented: “We are delighted with how well the scheme has been received in Glasgow by people from all walks of life. “By offering reduced price memberships and reducing payment barriers, nextbike is demonstrating its commitment to making cycling more accessible to low income and under-represented groups.” Bikes for All is part financed by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government through the Social Innovation Fund.
Newsletter - 1 Jan 2018
Shared Bikes News - 29 Nov 2017
Local Authorities Developing Bike Share Schemes
List of Local Authorities currently seeking Bike Share suppliersUpdated 19.04.18 Bikeplus has collated a list of local authorities currently developing a bike share scheme for their area. The list is designed to support open transparent competitive procurement processes as well as reducing unnecessary approaches to city authorities. Bikeplus encourages all cities interested in a scheme to provide us with their details for this list.
Name of Authority:- Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of PooleStatus:-tender submissions due by 14th May 2018” Contact
Name of Authority:- Luton Borough CouncilStatus:- Open to proposals until 9th March Login Contact
Name of authority: Derry Council and Strabane District CouncilStatus: ‘Delivery of a Public Bicycle Hire Scheme – TENV18-003’. Contact details: Request tender documents
Name of authority: Essex HighwaysStatus: Currently open to proposals. Contact
Name of authority: Royal Borough of Kingston Upon ThamesStatus: Currently open to proposals. Contact
Shared Bikes News - 14 Nov 2017
Bike share: reaching people who could cycle, but don’t
Whilst there must be access for those who cannot walk or cycle, active travel has to be top of the list for planning local access. This year has seen the Government publish its Value of Cycling report, and the draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. The case for cycling has never been better made. But cycling is not one uniform activity. There are distinct bike-related cultures in the UK. People riding bikes as utility vehicles and the lycra-clad cycling devotee. From a professional point of view, they seem more like separate species linked at the bike-shaped genus level – maybe cyclum communalis vs cyclum individualis. How do we reach out to those who might cycle, but don’t? Or those who don’t consider it an option, but could? In short, how do we cultivate the delicate flower that is cyclum communalis or, in transport speak, encourage a modal shift to cycling? Bike share is an important tool for reaching this group. It consists of mainly public bike hire schemes such as those in London, Liverpool and Glasgow, and also includes bike pools in workplaces or communities and bike hire from rail stations. A key market for public bike share schemes is people making first or last-mile links with public transport hubs. Many of these people have one or more bikes at home, but they either do not want or can’t use their own bikes for these journeys. This alone probably justifies public bike hire becoming a norm in all urban areas. Public bike share also reaches a different demographic: people who might cycle but don’t. The most recent research for Transport for London shows that 38% of users were prompted to start cycling by Santander Cycles. Giving people the option of an electric bike opens access to bikes further. This is not a new idea. Bike share and electric bikes (plus leisure cycling) were all recognised as significant agents in expanding the reach of cycling through the DfT’s Cycle Demonstration Towns, in the latter stages of Cycling England’s work and through the initial results from the Finding New Solutions programme. Both bike share and electric bikes remove significant known barriers to cycling. Bike share provides access to bikes with no commitment or need for investment or maintenance. Electric-assist bikes ‘iron out’ hills, encourage novice cyclists to give cycling a go, as well as encouraging cycling for longer distances. Whilst these benefits are concrete and obvious, their real value is more subtle and is reflected in the joyful reactions as people try an electric-assist bike for the first time. The anecdotes are supported by the initial findings of the DfT-funded Shared Electric Bike Programme to be published shortly. In addition, the recent Cycleboom project shows impressive physical and mental health impacts of older people using electric bikes. This highlights an otherwise elusive win; health benefits in a non-traditional cycling user group. In short, people riding electric bikes without having to purchase one were happier and healthier. Scaling this up by making electric bikes available through various bikeshare models would be incredibly simple to do. A big challenge in “cycling” is in normalising it in the public mind. This requires a change in people’s attitudes to cycling – which we are seeing happening – and then this translating to a shift in individual’s behaviours. For bike share, it requires planners, policy-makers, advisers, fleet managers and communities to be aware of what’s possible, how to make it work and what the impacts are likely to be. It also requires some re-framing of language and approach – it’s about investing in health benefits, accessibility, social inclusion and reductions in congestion and emissions rather than subsidising a bike hire scheme.