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Shared mobility news August 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of Shared Mobility News!

Find out what’s happening in the world of car clubs. You’ll also find links to latest recommended reads and details on upcoming events.

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New DfT funding to expand car clubs in England

Whilst visiting the Norfolk Car Club, Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport, announced new funding to be administered by Carplus to help expand access to car clubs in England.

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Carplus will manage this new fund, which is divided into two streams. The first will fund three demonstration projects in England to:

- Expand an existing car club to meet the potential market in a town or city;

- Establish a new car club in a city, town or county;

- Develop better links between public transport and shared transport – including car clubs – to make travelling simple without owning a car.

The three projects will be delivered in three different towns, cities or areas. Areas interested in applying should contact Carplus. There will be two information events in September and expressions of interest are invited by 13 October.

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Car Lite London

The Car Lite London event, on 10 July, launched the dialogue on a new strategy for car clubs in London. The event drew together car club operator experiences and best practice examples from London local authorities.


Presentations from Zipcar, City Car Club, DriveNow and Autolib looked at car club models – both the traditional and different types of flexible or point to point car club models.

The potential level of car club membership in London by 2020, agreed by operators and TfL, could reach 800,000. It is assumed that this would be achieved by a series of measures to stimulate the market and significant growth of ‘one way’.

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New Appointments

Carplus Appoints Alistair Kirkbride Executive Director

Carplus Executive Director


Alistair will join Carplus in October from the Lake District National Park Authority where, among other things, he led on the development of their Local Sustainable Transport Fund initiatives. These included visitor-focused networks of pay as you drive cars and electric cycle hire as well as ride-sharing for getting to the Park.
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Carplus Recruitment

Carplus is recruiting two new posts to manage the Car Clubs Development Project, funded by the Department for Transport.
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Save the date

Are you interested in finding out more about the DfT funded demonstration projects and the Car Club Challenge Fund?

These information sessions are a chance to find out more about the three awards, and meet car club operators and other potential partners before submitting an expression of interest. The deadline for expressions of interest is 13 October. There will also be a presentation on the Challenge Fund for small grant applications.

22 September: Car Club Development Programme Information Session Leeds

23 September: Car Club Development Programme Information Session Bristol

Venue details to be confirmed.
Email Anna Morgan to reserve your place in advance.


Carplus car club forum 23: 25 September - TfL offices, Palestra, Southwark, London

Come and join us for the next in the programme of car club forums and hear the latest news from key speakers in the world of car clubs. A full programme will follow but book here to secure your place:


Technical training event for London borough officers: 4 November - NCVO, Islington, London

The programme for this training day will cover topics including procurement, Section 106 agreements and increasing public awareness. A full draft programme is available on the events page of the Carplus website. Attendance is by invitation only – please email if you are a London borough officer and interested in attending.

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