How to set up a Public Bike Share Scheme
Models and technology options
The Shared bike – “what” page outlines different ways in which bikes can be made available to the public. There has been a general shift towards less or no physical infrastructure although some areas are still opting for docking stations. Dockless bike schemes also mostly cluster bikes in virtual stations using either paint or geo-fencing to mark an area. Electric bikes can either be charged on-street or via battery swopping. Contact us for more detailed information on options and providers.
Will bike share work in my area?
Bike share schemes typically work well in areas with high numbers of people doing similar short trips where there is a need to extend the reach of public transport and a network of safe routes. All schemes will need strong marketing and engagement through employers and community organisations to thrive.
Updated Public Bike Share Procurement Guidance 2018
Guide to successful bike share
2016 detailed guidance: Guide to Successful Bike Share Scheme Development.
Bike Share Parking & Signage Guidance
Guidance from DfT on parking space and signage for station-less Public Bike Share 2018
Bike share accreditation
It is recommended that all processes should include reference to the need for Bike Share Accreditation in order to streamline the application and assessment process whilst promoting common standards in the sector. In addition is is a useful checklist for reviewing different providers.
Transparent competitive process
CoMoUK and the Operators Group, in an open letter to cities, recommend taking the route of a transparent competitive process. Members of the group have stated that they will not operator in an area without an invitation.
A list of local authorities currently developing bike share schemes.
Monthly local authority forum
CoMoUK runs a monthly local authority forum which meets by telephone conferencing to discuss latest developments and issues. If you are involved in setting up or running a bike share scheme, please contact us to join the group.
Institute for Transportation & Development Planning 2018 guide to optimizing dockless bike share for cities.
How to set up a community bike share scheme
CoMoUk has been involved in developing projects in a range of diverse communities through the Shared electric bike programme in England and the Go e-bike scheme in SE Scotland.
How to maximise social inclusion in bike share
The bike share sector is developing initiatives and incentives to encourage new ridership. There are a range of examples emerging where operators are working with job centres and community groups to offer affordable memberships with cash based payments and out-reach work to encourage under-represented groups to access the bikes. The introduction of electric bikes is helping a wider range of people access the convenience of bike share.
How to support bike share at Universities
Bike share is a handy way for staff and students to travel, making inter-site trips around campuses, accommodation and the local surrounds. As universities have a high number of people making multiple trips every day they are key partners for successful schemes. Many on-street schemes have originated or grown from a campus scheme, e.g: