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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.

What is Geo-Fencing?

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.

Factors for Successful Bike Share Schemes

Procurement guidance

Procurement guidance

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.


Local authorities

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.



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.

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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.

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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:

How to set up a work place bike share scheme

Interested in offering staff pool bikes to travel actively between meetings and around campuses and business parks?


The benefits for employees include: improved health; reduced sickness; improved journey times and less need to provide parking spaces.


If your area already has a city wide public bike share scheme it is worth contacting the operators to explore the option of adding bikes in your setting. This may require a contribution to the cost of adding additional bikes or a docking station at the site alternatively the operators may suggest the employer could purchase membership passes for staff. Connecting to a wider city scheme would allow staff to enjoy a more flexible service.


Where there isn’t an existing service and a new pool bike scheme is required a further option is whether to contract out or run a scheme with in house resources.


If you have decided the best option is to manage a scheme in house the following is a guide to the key areas for consideration.



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