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Shared mobility news April 2016

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Bikeplus: New national body for bike sharing launched as national bike share trips hit 10 million

Bikeplus launched at Smarter Travel LIVE! conference to represent bike share schemes nationwide, with support from the operators and their bikes (pictured below); Serco, Hourbike, Nextbike, TfL, Intelligent Transport Systems, Outspoken Delivery & Yellowbike. Research released at the launch shows 10 million trips were made by shared bikes in the UK in 2015.

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Bikeplus is the sister shared transport organisation of Carplus, the not-for-profit organisation collecting and analysing similar data for car clubs in the UK. The work is supported by local authorities and bike share operators including Serco, Nextbike and Hour Bike, and leading academics.

Bike sharing took centre stage at the conference with a full session on the positive benefits of the sector and a Breakfast Briefing.

Click here to see the bike sharing presentations.

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Shared Mobility at Smarter Travel LIVE!

Carplus hosted sessions from all three shared transport sectors at Landor’s Smarter Travel LIVE! Conference, 17-18th March 2016. The conference was attended by over 720 delegates.

Jillian Anable, University of Leeds chaired the shared transport sector wide session on ‘Is shared transport the 21st century’s transport revolution?';

Kate Gifford, Carplus Assistant Director chaired the car club focused session on ‘The economic and business case for car clubs: LEPs, city regions and grey fleet replacement';

Antonia Roberts, Bikeplus chaired the bike sharing session on ‘What can bike share do for my city?';

Giles Bailey, Stratageeb chaired the 2+ car sharing session on ‘Sharing the ride: disruptions, diversification and success in the 2+ car share sector';

By clicking read more you can find session outlines, slides and briefing documents to download.

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North East car club celebrates expansion

A fleet of new low-cost, low-carbon cars will be available for North East residents and businesses to hire following the expansion of the Co-wheels car club. The 20 vehicles – eight of which will run solely on electric power – will be located in areas across the North East with most available to hire from 1st April.


The move follows a successful Developing Car Clubs in England bid to Carplus by the North East Combined Authority, Co-wheels and Nexus which resulted in £260,000 funding granted from the Department of Transport, to expand the Co-wheels car club in the region.

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Co-wheels win Smarter Travel award

Congratulations Co-wheels, winners of 2016 Best Shared Mobility Service Provider Award at the Smarter Travel LIVE! conference.

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Tax cuts for sharing economy

The Treasury have announced a £2,000 tax allowance for sharing economy entrepreneurs, the aim is for the government to increase the main stream use of sharing economy businesses. The allowance is split in to two £1,000 streams, one for from occasional jobs such as 2+ car sharing and the other half is for selling household goods.

Will this pave the way for the likes of Lyft to enter the UK market?

Click here to read the full article on The Memo.


City Car Club will become Enterprise Car Club

City Car Club will rebrand as Enterprise Car Club on 7th April. The dedicated Clubhouse team will remain the same for existing City Car Club members, as will the process for reserving and using the vehicles.

Enterprise Car Club parking signs and rebranded vehicles will start appearing nationwide soon after.

This is following the news that Enterprise Holdings acquired City Car Club in April 2015, and has since been operating City Car Club as part of the Enterprise CarShare network.


Transport Minister supports new electric bike schemes in housing associations

Compass Bikes launched at Orwell Housing Association in Ipswich, Lowestoft and Felixstowe providing electric bikes to enable residents and social care workers to travel free at point of use.

Photo credit: Brett Tavarez Photo credit: Brett Tavarez

The scheme totals 18 electric bikes, it is managed by Sustainable Ventures with an additional two locations in Chesterton, Cambridge and Hook Norton, Oxfordshire.

The project is one of eleven Shared Electric Bike Programme projects selected by bike sharing organisation, Bikeplus, to find out how electric bikes can have an impact on congestion, air quality and active travel and funded by the Department of Transport.

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Eastbourne electric bike share to get people pedalling

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Transport Minister Andrew Jones supported the launch of the electric bike scheme at Eastbourne campus of University of Brighton on 7th March.

He said, ‘Electric bikes are a great way to encourage new people to get into cycling and I hope this interesting scheme encourages more people to take it up. Cycling helps cut congestion and is a healthy, affordable transport option.

‘We want to double the number of journeys made by bicycle. That is why we are also investing over the next five years in cycle training and infrastructure.’

The ten electric bikes will connect the hilly route between the University of Brighton campus and Eastbourne railway station for staff and students. The unveiling of the bikes involved a test ride and was attended by local MP Caroline Ansell, Eastbourne Mayor, University of Brighton Vice-Chancellor, Bikeplus and Department for Transport staff.

Click here to view a video of the launch.

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Film special: Twizy Flock roam the Lake District

Click to see the short film of the Co-Wheels electric Renault Twizys reared in the Cumbrian fells before being released into the wild to be hired by tourists.


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LEAP car club are trialling low-cost telematics system for community car clubs

Many community-run car clubs require members to use an in-car logbook to record journeys and fuel consumption, and this needs to be translated to a bill at the end of the month by a volunteer or member of staff. With both time and money hard to come by for all car clubs, Carplus hope to be able to recommend a telematics systems which will make life easier.


LEAP Car Club in Lochwinnoch, Scotland has been selected to test a low-cost in-car technology system to establish whether this will reduce overheads for small car clubs, and whether there are issues with the technology in areas which may have poor mobile phone reception. The results of the trial will be available in the summer.

Mike Callaghan from LEAP says, ‘Telematics can potentially help cut our costs and administrative workload, make for a more user-friendly experience for our members and make us more attractive to insurers and corporate clients. It is important to be open to innovation if we want to continue to grow.’


Bristol aims for 5,000 EVs

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson is expected to commit to a package of measures aiming to launch 5,000 more electric cars a year on the region’s roads by 2020. Measures include providing at least 50 electric car club bays.

The Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) grant of £7million seeks to improve air quality be encouraging more electric cars. The package includes doubling the number of electric charging points from 200 to 400 in the region.

Nationally, the sales of electric cars are increasing rapidly, last year, there were more than 28,000 sold which is more than the total for the previous five years.

Click here to read the original article on Bristol Post.


New clean air and carbon emissions initiative

LowCVP and the Clean Air Alliance have announced an initiative to ensure actions to improve air quality are joined-up as effectively as possible. The initiative, focusing on the impacts of road transport, was launched at a seminar and Parliamentary reception attended by over 200 stakeholders.

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Citi Bike New York sees growth in users

Citi Bike was used more than 10 million times last year, which corresponds to an increase of 24% compared to 2014.

The scheme was launched in May 2013 and it now has 7,500 bicycles.

Click here to read the original story on Mobility Trends.


US Research finds taxi sharing complementary with public transport

A study published by American Public Transportation Association (APTA) shows that people using ride-sharing services such as Lyft and UberPool and other shared modes, are more likely to use public transport, own fewer cars, and spend less on mobility overall. The most common use for taxi-sharing is social trips between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., at times when public transport services are often infrequent or unavailable.

Click here to see the full study on APTA.


French peer-to-peer car sharing expansion

French peer-to-peer car sharing startup TravelerCar has raised €5 million to expand its business to the next level. At the end of last year, TravelerCar acquired one its main competitors, Carnomise, bringing its total users to over 100,000. The company aims to increase its user base fivefold by the end of this year.

TravelerCar specialises in so-called ‘traveler-to-traveler rentals’, enabling users to both save money on parking fees at airports, train stations and ports, and earn money by renting out their vehicles while they’re on the road.

Click here to read the orginial article on


Japanese bike sharing boom

According to the Japanese Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, 72 cities throughout the country have introduced bike sharing. The Ministry is encouraging further expansion to boost tourism and complement public transport, expecting a total of 100 municipalities to have established such services by 2020.

Following success in neighbouring Yokohama, bike sharing has arrived in the densely populated cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and the 2020 Olympic city and capital Tokyo.

Click here to read the original article on The Japan News.


Funding boost for shared transport

Carplus Bikeplus has received funding support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. The funding grant will allow a stronger evidence base for shared transport to be developed by creating an annual survey of bike share users to expand the reach of the current Carplus annual car club member research.

The work programme will explore cross-sector integration and identify how the social benefits can be spread equitably and environmental benefits optimised.


Bikeplus: Public bike share schemes are key to the vision for cycling

The newly published Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy includes the ambition of doubling the number of people using bikes by 2025. Carplus Bikeplus welcomes the recognition that short journeys should be made on foot or by bicycle wherever possible.

Antonia Roberts, Bikeplus Manager, said:

As air quality in cities hits danger levels on a month by month basis, it’s clear that massive investment is urgently needed to create the conditions to enable people to change their behaviour.

We are delighted that the government has recognised that a shift to cycling and walking can improve our urban environments. However, we are concerned that it may not be supported by sufficient sustained investment in cycling infrastructure and access to bikes.”

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Logo update for Carplus and Bikeplus


To celebrate Bikeplus becoming part of the Carplus family, we’ve created a new joint logo. Look out for it, and the Bikeplus Carplus logo, on our publications.



Bike share quarterly data collection

Bikeplus will co-ordinate and collect quarterly data in co-operation with the UK operators on the trends of bike share usage. This will feed in to an annual survey collecting the evidence of the economic, environmental and social benefits of the sector. Bikeplus will publish headline statistics on the webpage.


April launch for Carplus report on car clubs in developments

Car Clubs in low car and car free developments (2003 – 2014): a review of experience and good practice

This extensive review will be published to coincide with the National Planning Summit, on 21 April. Carplus Assistant Director Kate Gifford will be presenting the report at the summit, with former Carplus Director – and now consultant – Chas Ball.


Bikeplus at Cycle City

The annual Cycle City Conference in Leicester will take place at the Curve Theatre on 19-20th May 2016. There are two separate streamed sessions focusing on bike sharing and electric bikes.

Bikeplus Manager Antonia Roberts will be presenting with Sally Cairns from UCL on the potential for electric bikes and early findings from the Shared Electric Bike Programme. A4 Portrait

The Health streamed session will involve the Cycle Boom research project presenting evidence on the health benefits of electric bikes.

Click here to see the full programme of speakers including talks from Chris Boardman, Robert Goodwill MP, Minister for Transport, Carlton Reid, Rachel Aldred, Hannah Budnitz, Hannah May and Carplus board member Martin Higgitt.

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