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Shared mobility news July 2016

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Stackable EVs? Esprit project researches new one way urban EV car club vehicles

ESPRIT is a European project aiming to find a solution for one-way car clubs where people can to pick up a car at one point and drop it off at another. However, as with on-street bike sharing, this can mean that vehicles are left in inconvenient places. The three-year EU-funded ESPRIT project is developing a custom-built fleet of electric vehicles that can be towed for efficient redistribution.

The concept will be trialled over the next few years in three European cities, including Glasgow.


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Novel insurance solution hits 1 million miles

Cuvva is a new peer-to-peer car sharing app using social media to display friends that have cars available to borrow whilst letting you get insurance by the hour on these vehicles. It has already achieved a landmark of one million miles travelled.


‘The Social Garage’ gives users a platform to see which of their Facebook friends have cars available for them to borrow directly in the app. Cuvva aims to attract people who would naturally be reserved about lending their car to a stranger but would be more inclined to lend their car to a friend.

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London opens air quality consultation

You have an opportunity to respond to City Hall’s public consultation on proposals to tackle the capital’s air quality problems. Proposals include expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone and additional ‘toxicity’ charges for most polluting vehicles.

Have your say here.

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Zipcar announces electric expansion in Westminster

Zipcar has partnered with Westminster City Council and Volkswagen UK, bringing fifty plug-in hybrid electrics. 40 Volkswagen Golf GTEs will be located in the City of Westminster with new charging infrastructure and 10 additional cars elsewhere in London, such as Tower Bridge and Old Oak.

One in 10 UK car club members have now used an electric vehicle, up from four percent in 2014/15, according to the latest Carplus Annual Survey of Car Clubs.

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Santander Cycles launch in Milton Keynes

300 red branded Santander Cycles are now available for public use at 42 docking stations. The scheme has received £2 million of private investment. The bank’s UK Head Office is located in Milton Keynes and have sponsored the scheme in partnership with Nextbike, Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes City Centre Management.

Watch the ITV video from the official opening with former F1 world champion Jenson Button on a bike share tandem exploring Milton Keynes.

Find out more about the scheme on Santander Cycles MK.


Red Squirrel electric bikes map tourist patterns

The Isle of Wight has launched its 25-strong Red Squirrel Electric bike hire, enabling tourists to cycle on the island’s extensive paved off road paths and stunning coastal roads. The Peugeot electric bikes are highly visible outside staffed hubs at Cowes, Newport & Ryde, directly located opposite the Red Jet Terminal in Cowes and outside the principal visitor centres. The bikes are being used for relatively long leisure trips to Needles.


The project is part of the Bikeplus Shared Electric Bike Programme, funded by the Department for Transport. All the bikes are tracked with GPS, which helps show tourist attraction managers the frequency of visits and the time spent in each place and so estimate the power of the cycling £.
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Lakeland car club cars get bike racks

Co-wheels vehicles in the Lake District have been fitted with bike racks in a bid to provide better facilities for people wanting to explore the Lakes by bike. This is part of the Cumbria Tourism SeeMore Programme.25396404300_bfe7dd8795_o

The fleet of brand new Toyota Yaris Hybrid are located at railway stations including; Oxenholme, Windermere, Staveley, Penrith & Carlisle. This compliments the expansion of the quirky, two seater Renault Twizy electric car fleet.


Electric assist opens up all-inclusive cycling in the New Forest

New Forest National Park Authority offer an all ability through their PEDALL, now electric assist has been added to three bikes thanks to the Shared Electric Bike programme funded by the Department for Transport and Bikeplus managed.


The assist is particularly helpful for users who would be unable to ride conventional bikes due to disability, the off road gravel paths can be a challenge for the recumbent bikes.

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‘Supercharged’ cycling hits Rotherham

Local businesses and residents are being encouraged to re-discover the joy and convenience of cycling following the arrival of a fleet of electric bikes in Rotherham. The new fleet of electric bikes will be used as part of the Journey Matters mobile bike scheme, which aims to attract people into cycling as a convenient way to commute. Through the Journey Matters mobile cycling hub, electric bikes are loaned to employees of Rotherham-based business, as well as residents, for free for up to four weeks.

The new fleet of 65 electric bikes has landed as part of the Shared Electric Bike Programme, managed by Bikeplus and funded by the Department for Transport.


Mobility as a Service coming to a city near you?

TravelSpirit is a new not-for-profit community of open collaboration creating a platform for the delivery Mobility as a Service solutions. Based out of Manchester, it brings together tech and mobility partners to ‘create new, commercially-viable MaaS solutions’.


Its launch event took place on June 28th at Alliance Manchester Business in Manchester, UK. Speakers included Sampo Hietanen, from MaaS Global, Lucy Yu, Mobility as a Service lead for the UK government and Alex Burrows, lead author of Journeys of the Future and now Marketing & Strategy Director for Alstom UK & Ireland.

For more information, check out TravelSpirit.


Belfast's popular bike share success story

25,000 journeys have been made in the first 6 months of this year, during June 2016 bike share rentals were more than 1,000 a day.

A Belfast City Council spokesman said there were now more than 4,000 annual subscribers and more than 3,000 casual three-day memberships.

“Following the highly successful launch of the scheme last April, the council agreed to invest in some additional marketing and promotional activity to drive forward its development and expansion,” he added.

The 33 docking stations now include the City and Royal Hospitals with a further expansion to the Mater Hospital, the fleet of over 300 bikes is operated by NSL, supplied by Nextbike and sponsored by Coca-cola Zero.


Oxford's innovative bike sharing

An app operated by local bike shop Bainton Bikes, with Donkey Republic smart lock technology, now offers a fleet of bikes targeting the tourist market, offering a day rate of £10. The bikes will be available from the railway station, Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Randolph Hotel and the Eastgate Hotel on the High Street.

The bikes will not require docks as the smart lock technology enables the bikes to be docked at conventional bike racks and users can locate the bikes via the app. Initially the bikes will have to be returned to the location they were picked up from after a set period of time, but Mr Moreland said they will later be able to be left in many more locations across the city.

Electric bike loans for staff have commenced at Oxford Brookes University thanks to ten donated from the CycleBoom project.

The city of dreaming spires has an extensive range of complementary bike share options; the Shared Electric Bike Programme funded mixed fleet docking station served OXONBIKE, who offer peer to peer rentals and Brompton Bike Hire.


Access fund announced

Local Transport Authorities are now invited to bid for a share of £60 million revenue funding for 2017/18 through 2019/20.

The deadline for submission of applications will be 6PM Friday 9th September 2016. The winners will be announced in December 2016.

Bids from a single Local Transport Authority need to express a maximum interest of £1.5 million across the three year Access Fund period; Combined Authorities, two or more local transport authorities may join together, with a maximum of five local transport authorities bidding together for a maximum of £7.5 million.

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Scotland’s Low Carbon Transport Loan Fund doubles

Around £7.8 million is being made available, interest-free, through the Low Carbon Transport Loan Fund, to help Scottish commuters, businesses and Hackney cab drivers to reduce their transport emissions. Individuals can apply for to £35,000, while businesses can access up to £100,000.

Open for applications now via the Energy Saving Trust, the loan can be repaid over a period of up to six years.

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Enterprise secures Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh Council have retained Enterprise Car Club as their operator. The four year deal includes the Council’s fleet of vehicles.

Enterprise have agreed to reduce fees and hourly rates, replace diesel vehicles, and provide at least 12 electric vehicles.

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Cambridge investigates bikeshare

University of Cambridge is considering bike share as a solution to connecting an expanded out of town development to the city centre and the railway station.

The research hub opposite Madingley Road Park and Ride, will accommodate 15,400 employees.


Brussels sprouts flexible services

Drive Now whose entire operation is flexible, launched BMW and Mini vehicles in a 55 km² area stretching from Parc de Woluwe to Gare du Midi.

The global car club operator Zipcar, announced a September 2016 launch for its new flexible ‘free-floating’ car-sharing service in Brussels.

It will allow members the freedom to pick up and drop off a Zipcar at any location within a set geographical area. Members will have access to a fleet of five seater Peugeot 208 vehicles.

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Toyota picks Dublin for its car club launch

Toyota have chosen Dublin for a 15 vehicle car sharing project in the city centre. YUKO – Toyota’s car sharing service is a strategic partnersip with Co-wheels.

Yuko will be made available to corporate customers and plans to partner with three multinational companies headquartered in Dublin as well as two 5 star hotels, which will have vehicles stationed at their premises permanently available to staff and visitors.

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City Scoot Paris

Europe’s largest shared electric scooter scheme has launched in the French capital. Cityscoot offers 1,000 fully insured mopeds which can be found at two-wheeled parking bays, the operational model is free-floating. No membership is required, they can be located and accessed by a 4 digit code smart phone code and a helmet is found under the seat. There are different tariffs starting from 0,28€ a minute, free training is being offered.

Cityscoots are classified as electric mopeds with a top speed of 28mph, electric bikes are limited to 15.5mph and 250 watts of assistance.


Public Bike Share: Can we make it work? Transport Practitioners Meeting

Antonia Roberts & Hannah Budnitz chaired a workshop providing a practical review of implementing bike share at Transport Practitioners Meeting on 30th June 2016.

The workshop covered the business case and practical issues required to bring bike share to your town or city.

You can download the workshop slides here.


Community Car Club Handbook

The Community Car Club Handbook, published by Carplus, is for individuals and community groups interested in setting up a car club to improve local transport choices and offer more environmentally sustainable travel options. It offers practical guidance on the business planning, legal structures and operational issues involved in running a car club.

Download a copy on the Carplus site.


Models of bike share resource

Bikeplus have published a new webpage on the different forms of bike sharing, ranging from docking stations to smart locks and peer 2 peer platforms.


Brexit: Environmental standards and social fairness must not suffer

Whilst the political fallout over the result of the UK’s referendum on EU membership continues, the environmental movement and those concerned with accessibility will need to look at the detailed impact of the UK’s withdrawal from EU membership.

Environmental protection and tackling climate change has been a feature of EU law and policy since 1970 and has had substantial positive effects.

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Save the date: Inaugural UK Bike Share Conference

Grab your diaries! Bikeplus are pleased to announce an exciting two day event for the world of bike sharing and electric bikes on 4-5th October in Oxford.


The first day will review the initial findings of the Department for Transport funded Shared Electric Bike Programme and the second will be a conference on successful bike sharing for the UK.

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