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.
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:
Enterprise 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
Liftshare put together a special team dedicated to supporting vital services such as the NHS. Read more here
Some 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.
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.
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Zeelo 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
South 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.