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Shared mobility news July 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of Shared Mobility News!

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

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Barnstaple launch

Congratulations to Co-cars Barnstaple which installed its first car on 12 June, supported by North Devon Council, under the Developing Car Clubs England Programme.
Co-cars launch2 12 June 2015
The car will also be out and about recruiting new drivers on 18 July at the Pilton Green Man Festival.


Launch of Drivejoy

A new peer-to-peer operator Drivejoy has been launched in the UK by online start up builder Rocket Internet SE.


Huntly car club launch

Huntly & District Development Trust (HDDT) launched a new Co Wheels franchised car club on 4 June. This adds to the burgeoning number of car clubs in Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government. Huntly Car Club will see three vehicles, including the latest electric and hybrid technology, available in Huntly to car club members. They will be conveniently located in public car parks around Huntly town centre.

New City Car Club bays

City Car Club has announced additional bays with 39 new locations across the UK, expanding their offering in 7 cities.
Full details can be found on their website.


Reminder: DCCE bidding deadline – 6th July

The deadline for expressions of interest for the second round of bidding for funding under the Developing Car Clubs in England Programme is 6 July.
Full details of the process and anything else you might need can be found on the Carplus website.


Shared Electric Bike Programme powering up

Electric Bike Scheme launched at Coniston Boating Centre with Richard Greenwood of Cumbria Tourism, Richard Leafe, Lake District National Park Authority; Steve Garidis and Isobel Stoddart of Electric Bicycle Network.

The new Shared Electric Bike programme is well and truly underway. Enquiries came in thick and fast, resulting in over 50 expressions of interest. Of these, over 40 are of sufficient quality to go through to the full bid round. We’re very excited about all the potential projects there are in this new area, covering a multitude of models, communities and geographies. At this stage we realise that there is a huge amount of interest which cannot be fully funded. We expect to be able to fund enough projects to learn from and to be able to seek well-targeted funding in the future.

Bidders have been invited to a workshop in Nottingham to learn more about the bidding process and what we’re expecting in a full bid. Successful bidders will be announced in August and the projects will run from September to March 2016.

Several exhibitors from the electric bike industry will be available to talk through the options and will be presenting a variety of electric bikes (EAPCs):


Juicy Bike is a Peak district based company selling e-bikes that look good, ride brilliantly and get you places (mainly up hills). Their electric bikes are styled with a hint of retro in a great range of nature inspired colours designed to stand out from the crowd without having to shout. Juicy Bike is proud to provide reliable electric bikes at a great price, backed up by service, quality and excellent customer reviews. With modular design and battery options, they enable you to perfectly match bikes to your rider’s needs and journeys and to your budget.


Raleigh has been manufacturing bikes since 1887, evolving to meet the needs of cyclists over the decades. The Raleigh range now includes 7 electric bikes – from our premium Motus to our Stow-e-way folding electric bike.


Nationwide eBikes is one of the UKs leading eBike retailers. Stockist of 18 brands of ebike and importers of top european makes ‘Flyer’ & ‘Gepida’. Experienced in supplying and supporting hire groups from Cornwall to Scotland.



Moore Large is one of the UK’s largest distributors of bicycles, bicycle accessories and motorised scooters. Established 40 years ago by John Moore, it is a UK owned family run business. Moore Large enjoys exclusive UK distribution of many leading premium brands together with their own house brands. The distributor prides itself on exceptional service offering customers next day delivery, the ability to place orders by their preferred method, an office hour’s telesales and customer service centre, technical workshop for product servicing and support and in-house assembly on some of the high-end house bicycle brands.



Picture Electric Bike Scheme at Coniston Boating Centre. Photo: Dom Bush


Community Car Club Handbook

We’re delighted that the new Community Car Club Handbook is now available. This new handbook has drawn together a lot of experience, particularly from community car clubs in Scotland, and presented it in one, clear, document with practical checklists and advice.

We’re keen to update the handbook with additional case studies and guidance, particularly as things do keep moving on, so all comment, feedback and additional content is welcome. Please email Susan Jeynes if you have information or experience to add.

Community Car Club Handbook

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Wocomoco - Report

Wocomoco – the World Combined Mobility Congress – took place in Innsbruck in June.

This annual event looks across Europe’s shared transport sector and provides an opportunity for those involved to showcase good practice and discuss the sector’s direction.

Innovations such as scooter sharing (‘Speed, style, smile’) in Munich and ultra-low carbon bike logistics sat alongside OBB (Austria’s national railway) explaining how they are rethinking their activity through the development of the SMILE integrated mobility platform.

The over-arching idea was the emergence of ‘integrated mobility packages’ – that combine car clubs, public transport and more into one-stop packages that fit into modern lifestyles. A parallel trend is that the sector is developing through disruptions rather than evolving. The scale of recent disruptors of large car manufacturers entering car sharing in the UK (BMW / DriveNow, Ford / GoDrive in the UK) will probably be matched by the rental sector increasingly providing car club services (such as Enterprise acquiring City Car Club).

The idea that the transport sector is ‘in digital transformation’ led to speculation that the big disrupter will be integrators of transport service booking & billing – one app that covers everything. Watch this space.

The presentations will be available on the Wocomoco website ‘soon’.


Cycle City Active City – Newcastle 25-26th June

Kate Gifford chaired an interesting session on the ingredients that make successful hire bike schemes including an informative presentation from Co-wheels on the addition of electric bikes to their offer.

Kate and Antonia gleaned lots of information at this two day event. Some key facts that piqued our interest:

- Census date from various European cities indicates that growth for cycling predominantly comes from reducing gender imbalance -ie the successful cycle cities have more female riders (Katja Leyendecker, PHD Research, Northumbria University)

- Dublin claims to be most successful cycle hire scheme in the world. Their success is attributed to the density of hire stations and the low tariffs. Anecdotally we were told that up to 50% of Dublins hirers are previous non cyclists!

- Bike n Go is expanding and improving its offer. You can now hire a bike instantly rather than waiting for our membership card to be sent to you. They are increasingly working with businesses to create tailored offers and as well as expanding in England they are launching in Scotland

- For Hour bike told us their bike hire schemes differs between cities – for example in Liverpool bikes are mainly used for leisure trips whereas in Oxford bikes are mainly business and inter site trips. It will be interesting to see how the addition of EAPC bikes affects trip usage.

- Co-Wheels have a vision to expand on their Inverness pilot and would like to add electric bikes to all their car club stations across the UK

- There is a new (to UK) cycle route planning app called –

There’s also a photogallery from the event.

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