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News - 9 Jul 2020
Shared Transport for Communities: Scottish Micro-Grants 2020
In 2020/21, CoMoUK has funding to offer micro-grants of up to £2,500 to established Scottish community groups setting-up a new shared transport scheme – either bike share or car share. The aim of the fund is to support organisations to set up the sharing of assets. It has been identified there are various funding streams available for cars and bikes, but setting up the sharing element of these is not always included.
Who can apply?
- Third sector organisations, social enterprises, and established community groups.
- An organisation can only apply for one grant.
- The applicant should be able to demonstrate they are beyond the initial start-up phase of the scheme. For example, they have other funding streams in place to run the scheme.
- The organisation and new shared transport scheme must be located in Scotland.
What can the grant be spent on?Micro-grants should be used to help facilitate the sharing of assets, this includes, but not limited to, the following examples:
- Specific equipment to facilitate the sharing aspect of the scheme - for example telematics / back office software for car sharing schemes.
- Examples for bike share projects include software or equipment that helps with the actual sharing of the project – e.g. subscriptions to smart phone sharing apps.
- Promotional materials to help brand and advertise the scheme.
What it cannot cover
- Feasibility work
- Costs for an existing scheme
- Costs that can be funded via other Transport Scotland funds, i.e. electric vehicles, ebikes, ebike storage etc.
EligibilityPlease check the following to ensure you match the eligibility criteria:
- You are a registered organisation (funds cannot be paid to an individual).
- Your aims are to establish and promote the use of shared transport in your area.
- You have a project plan in place for your shared transport project.
- The project will be launched within 6 months of the grant being awarded.
- You have a viable business plan for the scheme.
- The organisation and new scheme are based in Scotland.
Application processTo request an application form, please contact Harriet Cross: Harriet@como.org.uk.
Submission and timescalesThis is an ongoing fund and awards will be made on a rolling basis. The last deadline for application will be 30th December 2020. Funds must be committed no later than 31st March 2021. You will be notified within two weeks of us receiving your completed application. If we require more information, we will contact you within this time. we may require more information in that time.
Reporting requirementsIf successful, you will be required to send receipts of expenditure within 8 weeks of receiving the grant. You will also be required to complete and return a short report detailing progress (template will be provided) within 6 months of receiving the fund.
News - 28 Jun 2020
Free bike share in Scottish cities as lockdown eases
Free bike share will be provided in Edinburgh and Glasgow from today (MON) to encourage people to consider cycling for everyday journeys.Through Scottish Government funding, the cycle share initiative comes into effect as more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, easing pressure on public transport and helping those who don’t own a bike or have anywhere to store one. More than 1,300 cycles located at nearly 200 bike stations will be available for free hire in the cities for the first 30-minutes of every journey. Bikes can play an increasingly important role in Scotland’s green recovery by providing an alternative to private car journeys, helping manage demand on public transport, as well as benefiting health and the environment.
- In Glasgow, the first 30 minutes of standard cycle hire will be at no cost to the hirer for the next eight weeks, and this will be extended to 60 minutes for existing subscribers – with no limit on the number of times the offer can be used.
- In Edinburgh, the first 30 minutes of bike hire on pedal bikes will be free for the next 14 days. The usual per-minute charge is 10p. Access fees for e-bikes will also be free, although usage will incur the usual per-minute charge. Edinburgh also plans to release a new four-month discounted pass from July 13 to encourage long-term uptake of cycling.
News - 16 Jun 2020
Public and shared transport, together with walking and cycling, central to a green and inclusive recovery, say charities
As lockdown restrictions begin to be eased, with many people starting to travel again, an alliance of charities and NGOs is highlighting the importance of public, community and shared transport, combined with walking and cycling, to our communities’ recovery, and their health, wellbeing and environment.The organisations are underlining that we are at a critical juncture with transport and travel, with a chance to reset transport priorities, putting people’s communities, health and wellbeing, and our environment, at the forefront. With efforts underway across Britain to develop space and facilities for walking and cycling, the group is reminding of the importance of linking these improvements with public, community and shared transport connections, to lock-in longer term benefits for all. Evidence shows that individuals, families and communities across Britain depend on public, community and shared transport, alongside walking and cycling, for their health, wellbeing and prosperity. A third of people – including many young, marginalised and vulnerable people – don’t have personal access to a car. Reducing private car use is increasingly recognised as fundamental to reducing air pollution and decarbonising for the sake of our climate, with transport now the biggest source of emissions, mostly from cars and vans. The Department for Transport recently published a report and call for evidence on Decarbonising Transport, with an aspiration to make ‘public transport and active travel… the natural first choice for our daily activities’. The eight national organisations are highlighting that:
- Buses, trains, minibuses, trams, shared mobility hubs, and walking and cycling paths and facilities have continued to be crucial through the pandemic, for moving keyworkers and goods, and keeping us well and connected;
- While social distancing is posing challenges now for transport operators, moving forward, public, community and shared transport, combined with active travel, will be doubly important;
- A sustainable, inclusive transport network will enable us to reduce private car use and decarbonise transport, to tackle the increasingly urgent climate emergency, and create stronger, healthier, happier communities, with less pollution and more equal access to opportunity.
- Department for Transport, 2020, ‘£2 billion package to create new era for cycling and walking’
- NatCen and University of West England, 2019, Access to transport and life opportunities https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/831766/access_to_transport_report.pdf
- For example, see House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, 2019, Clean Growth, https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-committee/news-parliament-2017/clean-growth-report-published-17-19/
- Department for Transport, 2020, Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge, https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/878642/decarbonising-transport-setting-the-challenge.pdf.
- For information on mobility hubs, see https://como.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Mobility-Hub-Guide-241019-final.pdf
News - 13 Jun 2020
Lets hear it for e-scooters
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News - 4 May 2020
How can Planning support modal shift in new housing development in Scotland
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News - 28 Apr 2020
CoMoUK Response to Scottish Covid-19 Committee
We have written to the Scottish Parliament’s new Covid-19 Committee detailing what the shared transport sector is doing to help key workers leading the fight against coronavirus, and highlighted the potential role the sector can play in retaining and enhancing some of the environmental gains that we’ve seen as a result of the lockdown. You can read the full text of the letter below.
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News - 6 Apr 2020
Shared Mobility helps in Coronavirus Crisis
UPDATE 27.08.20: This page outlines the amazing response from Shared Mobility operators to support key workers at the height of the pandemic. The sector acted incredibly fast to ensure cars and bikes were available to staff as they needed them for little or no cost. Latest positions of offers are added below alongside the original offers for the record.April 2020: 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 shareEnterprise Car Club until 3rd August offered FREE membership & up to 45% off hourly rental rates* to personnel across the NHS, Emergency Services, NHS Volunteers, Armed Forces as well as any other key workers. This saves these essential employees up to £60 when they join and an average across the vehicle classes of £3.14/hour and £19.90/day” 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 worked with all NHS trusts to give all NHS staff up to 50% off journeys with Zipcar. Read more here Ubeeqo provided 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 offered up to 50% off the standard contract rate for organisations delivering essential services as part of the fight against Coronavirus. Read more here. hiyacar offered NHS staff free car hire on their platform during Aoril, May and June and are continuing to work to support staff with discounted access. Read more here. Karshare - is checking, cleaning and fully insuring vehicles for health professionals and the voluntary sector to use for FREE - as of 1st July a daily insurance charge has been added. Read more here Arnold Clark has made available over 500 hire vehicles free of charge to NHS and frontline emergency personnel, and provided access to over 120 nine-seater minibuses. They have also provided over £20,000 worth of parts to the emergency services and are donating over 20,000 disposable seat covers to care workers in local communities, as well as supplying all their available PPE including face masks and goggles to hospitals throughout the UK. Read MORe here and further updates here
Ride shareLiftshare put together a special team dedicated to supporting vital services such as the NHS. Read more here
Bike shareSome bike share schemes took the difficult decision with local authorities to close during the outbreak however where there was sufficient staff to manage the extra cleaning regime bikes were prioritised for key workers. All schemes are re-opened now with extra cleaning being carried out. Transport for London's Santander Cycle Hire scheme offered free membership for NHS staff. Read more here. Nextbike have a Covid-19 website they are keeping updated which shares their cleaning regimes and the free memberships they are providing to essential workers across their schemes. Read more here: Freebike distributed bikes to Hospitals in London to use as free and safe transport until the end of July. They facilitated over 75,000 miles of free travel for NHS workers. Read more here. Beryl Bikes 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 email@example.com and Read more here. Brompton Bike Hire crowdfunded to provider free folding bikes to NHS workers. Read more here and here. Jumpbike offered free rides to NHS workers to help them get to and from work as quickly and safely as possible. Read more here. BTNBikeshare, Brighton, offered 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.
On-Demand Bus TransportZeelo offered safe bus transport service for critical workers including on board social distancing; deploying nationwide within 24 hours. The service has now been adopted by Ocado, Avara Foods, Argos, Matches, Colgate and Amazon with more to come (including hospitals). Read more here
Community SchemesSouth Ayrshire Community Transport offered their vehicles and driver to help in the community for food deliveries, and local cancer charities transporting patients under social distancing rules.