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.
NEW Guidance for successful bike share development
Updated public bike share guidance 2020.
Bike share parking & signage guidance
Guidance from DfT on parking space and signage for station-less Public Bike Share 2018.
Bike share vandalism
A summary of advice compiled by CoMoUK from operators and the British Transport Police on minimising vandalism in bike share.
A list of local authorities currently developing bike share schemes.
LEP funding and the economic case for bike share
A guide to the opportunities open to local authorities to secure investment for bike share from Local Enterprise Partnerships. Examples of successful applications and statistics to demonstrate a business case.
Bike share forum
Bike share forums offer a fantastic opportunity to discuss sector innovations and share your challenges and experiences.
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 surroundings. 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.