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Shared mobility news August 2016

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Getting to grips with the Grey Fleet - new BVRLA report demonstrates the need for change

New BVRLA research confirms the enormous financial and environmental costs of the grey fleet, but highlights enormous opportunity for change and the role of car clubs alongside rental, leasing and other options.

The grey fleet consists of vehicles owned by employees in which business travel is carried out. It is used extensively in the public sector for certain types of service delivery. The BVRLA’s extensive and detailed report puts the cost of the grey fleet in the private and public sector at over £5 billion. Besides the cost, the grey fleet is associated with excessive emissions and imposes a duty of care on employers which is difficult to implement.

For several years, Carplus has found examples of car club operators working with employers to integrate car club in fleet policy and reduce grey fleet mileage. These examples demonstrate that costs can be cut, emissions profiles improved and duty of care issues eliminated. This approach is validated in the BVRLA report, which takes a broad view of the potential for the wider rental industry to play a part in these reductions.

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App-Bike announced as lead sponsor for UK's inaugural bike share conference

The Bikeplus conference will be held over two days and includes a review of the Shared Electric Bike Programme.

App-Bike Logo Green on White

Simon White, MD of App-Bike says ‘App-Bike are very pleased to be supporting the first bike sharing conference with Bikeplus. Bike sharing is still a relatively new concept and new technologies and ideas are helping shape and define the landscape which will make bike sharing more accessible and inclusive solution to urban movement. This conference will be the first of its kind to bring those all those interested in this area to share knowledge and learn about the latest developments.”

Bookings are now open!

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Bikeplus launches first survey of UK bike share scheme users

The first survey of UK bike share users has been launched by Bikeplus.

Users of UK bike share schemes outside London, including two of the main operators Hourbike and Nextbike as well as independent schemes such as Slough Cycle Hire have been invited to complete the survey.

NextBike Glasgow Stations

Bikeplus Manager Antonia Roberts said:

“This is the first time we have surveyed all the users of bike share schemes in the UK. We know that the numbers are growing, but this survey will give us an invaluable insight into why people join schemes and how they use them, enabling us to measure the social and environmental impact of bike sharing. We will also be analysing the feedback to find out how to improve bike share schemes and increase the number of users and journeys made by bike.”

The survey is open until 28 August 2016 and bike share scheme users can complete it here.

This data will be combined with results from the Transport for London Santander Cycles scheme which has been evaluated since its inception to give the first full UK wide picture.

The results of the first UK bike share scheme user survey will be published in September 2016.


Carplus Bikeplus Information bank

Carplus Bikeplus have recently launched an Information Bank – a searchable resource that provides access to a wide range of documents on shared transport, bike share, car clubs and 2+ car sharing.

The Information Bank is an essential resource for Local Authority officers and key stakeholders, it can be accessed via the Carplus Bikeplus website.


US findings show positive benefit of car2go

Carplus welcomes the Transportation Sustainability Research Center report on car2go in the five US cities.

‘It’s interesting and useful to see that research into car sharing and car club models in the US reports similar metrics draws broadly similar conclusions to the Carplus Annual Survey of Car Club members in the UK’ said Kate Gifford, Assistant Director, Carplus.

Susan Shaheen and colleagues at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California have recently completed a study looking at the impacts of car2go in five North American cities.

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EVs and Bromptons offered in Bicester eco-town

Residents in a new 393-home Oxfordshire development can now share two E-Car Club vehicles and loan four Brompton Bikes for up to a week at a time.

Brompton Elmsbrook

A2Dominion has set a target for 10 per cent of residents to switch to electric vehicles by 2018 and is installing home charging units free of charge to households that sign up within the first two years of moving in. A2Dominion has subsidised the cost of lifetime car club membership so residents can pay half price at the launch and are given six hours’ free use.

Brompton Bikes business development manager Georgia Lewis said: “Having Bromptons accessible to all is an easy and economical way to travel, so we’re pleased to be working with A2Dominion and providing these in such a pioneering sustainable community”.


Bristol shared commute minibuses

An app operated minibus service will offer Bristol commuters a convenient pickup point and calculates the optimal route to the passenger’s place of work based on others requesting a similar journey. The service is pitched at being cheaper than a taxi and only slightly more expensive than the bus.

The minibuses operate during the weekday peak, Monday to Friday between 07:30-09:30am and 16:00-19:00. Pickup and drop off points are within a five-minute walk of customers’ homes and places of work.

Read the original article on Bristol Post.


UK Government consultation on autonomous vehicles

The Department for Transport seeks your views on proposals for people and businesses in the UK to use automated vehicle technologies, and advanced driver assistance systems.

Respond to the consultation on the DfT website. The consultation closes on 9th September.


Transport Scotland PASF opens applications

Transport Scotland’s Pre-Application Support Fund (PASF) is now open for applications. PASF is offering funding of up to £10,000 to help public, community and third sector organisations develop ideas for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund.

The LCTT Challenge Fund is anticipated to go live in November / December 2016 and will provide capital funding to support the development of ‘hubs’ which focus on active travel or low carbon transport (and associated path networks) or which offer an integrated approach to both.

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Ecotricity Electric Highway charging charges

Ecotricity have changed their pricing for motorway EV charging, From Friday 5 August, each fast charge will cost £6 for a 30 minute charging session.

A 30 minute session should ensure the vast majority of EV drivers can achieve the ideal 80% recharge in one session. A 30 minute session will recharge both the 24kWh and 30kWh LEAF batteries up to around 80% from empty. On a 24kWh LEAF, this is equivalent to 6p a mile or around 84mpg, and 4.8p per mile or around 105mpg on 30kWh versions.

The Electric Highway will continue to be free for Ecotricity energy customers. Find out more on the Ecotricity website.


New team at Department for Transport

The new team at the Department for Transport was announced in mid-July.

Chris Grayling MP has been appointed Secretary of State for Transport, with Andrew Jones MP remaining as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department. Additional appointments included John Hayes, Lord Ahmad and Paul Maynard.

See Carplus Bikeplus post on welcoming the new Minister.


DriveNow launching in Milan

DriveNow is going to be the fourth carsharing operator in Milan complementing car2go, Enjoy and Share’Ngo. The BMW group company announced a September launch of a fleet of 400 vehicles, including EVs.


Europcar invests in Spanish car sharing

The European car rental giant has acquired Spanish car sharing service Bluemove, Europcar’s start-up brand Ubeeqo aims to expand the service to new markets.


Integrated Helsinki bike share instant hit

500 shared bikes in Helsinki have proven an instant hit. Samuli Mäkinen, Helsinki’s bike share program manager announced usage level at 8.6 trips per day per bike.’

The bikes are integrated in to the public transport network of buses and trams, adorned with the same branding.

The Finnish capital benefits from a network of protected cycle infrastructure and plans to expand the scheme to 1,500 bikes.

Read the original article on Better Bike Share.


Bolloré Group wins Singapore EV tender

BlueSG, a subsidiary of French electric carsharing operator Bolloré Group, has been awarded the contract to run a fleet of 1,000 electric vehicles. The initial launch is scheduled for mid-2017 with 125 cars and 250 charging points.


Carplus welcomes new Transport Minister Chris Grayling MP

Carplus and Bikeplus welcomed the new Minister for Transport, Chris Grayling MP with this summary of the role and development of shared transport.

‘It is an exciting time in the transport world. How people choose to travel is changing rapidly. This is providing incredible opportunities for changing how Government and the private sector re-configure their roles to make sure that Britain leads the world in the development of a modern transport system’ commented Alistair Kirkbride, Carplus Bikeplus Director.

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Bike share conference booking open - 4-5th October 2016

Bikeplus announces an exciting two day conference about bike share in the UK, including the first public bike share survey. Participants will gain wider understanding of important issues in the sector from bike share procurement to the use of smart locks as well as learning lessons from the Shared Electric Bike Programme.

This conference is essential for those involved in planning and delivering public bike share schemes, including at local authority, LEP, private sector and consultant level.

We are very excited to partner with AppBike for these events.

App-Bike Logo Green on White

Book online now!

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Scottish Shared Transport Conference 2016

Carplus is holding its 2016 Scottish Shared Transport Conference on Tuesday 20th September at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow.

This event is open to sustainable transport practitioners from across Scotland and will focus on shared transport and how this can be integrated with other forms of sustainable transport.

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Carplus Bikeplus AGM Advance Notice

This year, the Carplus AGM will be held alongside the Community Transport Association’s Westminster Conference on 22 November 2016. The AGM will run from 4.30 – 5.30 pm.

This will be held at The Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George St, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA.

The AGM is free of charge to Carplus Bikeplus members and all are welcome.

Special offer, If you would also like to attend the CTA Westminster Conference, the Community Transport Association is kindly offering discounted rates to members.

Book your place here.

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TravelSpirit MAAS events

TravelSpirit are hosting an autumn season of Mobility-as-a-Service events in Hebden Bridge, Birmingham, Manchester, London & Paris.

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