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Shared mobility news June 2016

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OXONBIKE is UK’s first electric mixed fleet bike share

OXONBIKE, the popular bike share network in Oxford, has added electric assisted bikes, to its existing pedal bike fleet to become the first scheme in the UK to offer both types of bikes.


OXONBIKE now offers 80 bikes with 16 of them electric at 13 docking stations across Oxford. New docking stations are being added to the network, connecting major employment centres including the Hospitals and Universities in Headington with the City Centre and the Park & Ride sites, enabling business and commuter trips to be conveniently made by bike.

The scheme expansion is funded by a £34,000 grant from the Department for Transport through Shared Electric Bike Programme, with match funding of £30,000 from the University of Oxford aiming to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality through active travel.

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50 million trips on Santander Cycles and British Cycling membership offer

The popular London bike share scheme has achieved 50 million trips since it was launched in 2010, around 645,000 journeys are made by bike in the city every day.

The news coincides with a new British Cycling partnership which offers members a one off code for free access to Santander Cycles including all rides under 30 minutes. This follows the boost to cycle facilities in the capital after the opening of the East-West Cycle Superhighway along the Embankment.


The scheme is operated by Serco, managed by Transport for London and sponsored by Santander.

Read more about the new membership offer on British Cycling.


Funding announced by Visit England

A three-year £40million Discover England fund, announced by the Government, do you offer world class services for tourists? The funding aims to ensure that England stays competitive in the rapidly growing global tourism industry and is available for organisations responding to tourists’ needs.

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Government launches £2 million competition to promote roll-out of hydrogen-fuelled fleet vehicles

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) have announced a competition aiming to make every vehicle in the country zero-emission by 2050.

The Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Fleet Support Scheme will allow local authorities, health trusts, police forces, fire brigades and private companies to bid for funding to add hydrogen-powered vehicles to their fleets. It could bring up to 100 more hydrogen fuel cell cars and vans onto our roads by next spring. Bids must be submitted by Monday 4 July 2016

FCEVs emit no CO2 or other harmful pollutants, and the only by-product is pure water vapour. They also offer a driving range of more than 300 miles, and can be refuelled in 5 minutes using a hydrogen gas pump similar to petrol pumps.

Click here to see the funding criteria.


Toyota and Uber join forces whilst VW invest in 2+

Toyota announced a strategic investment in Silicon Valley ride-hailing giant Uber. Toyota also said it will begin offering auto leases to Uber drivers. The size of Toyota’s investment in Uber wasn’t disclosed.

The announcement came just a few hours after rival Volkswagen announced a $300 million investment in 2+ operator Gett.

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EV charge network will overtake petrol stations in Scotland

The number of rural petrol stations is about to be overtaken by electric chargers, with plug-in points replacing pumps in some villages. There are more than 550 charging points across Scotland but fewer than 700 non-supermarket filling stations.

There were virtually no chargers five years ago, while petrol forecourts have declined by a quarter over the last decade.The Petrol Retailers Association said one third of independent filling stations, many rural, had closed.

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Guildford Enterprise expands and Aylesbury Council overhauls grey fleet

Enterprise and TravelSmart Guildford held a two day event to promote the expansion in Guildford, now offering eight vehicles and 3 charging points.

This was funded by Carplus Developing Car Clubs in England Programme with support from the Department for Transport.

Membership is £10 for the first year (usual rate of £60) with an introductory 2 hours of free drive time.

Meanwhile Aylesbury Vale District Council’s travel policy has helped the council to save £90,000 and halve emissions during its first year of operation.

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More car club bays for Norwich

Another 65 car club bays have been designated in over 40 new locations across Norwich.

Rex Warner MBE, founder of Norfolk Car Club, commented: “The designation of these new car club bays will enable expansion to 120 cars and 4000 members in Norwich. We are particularly excited to have so many high profile city centre bays, which appeal to businesses as well as residential users”.

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DriveNow adds 40 MINI Convertible’s to its London fleet

DriveNow, the flexible (one-way) car club has reached 20,000 users and added 40 MINI Cooper Convertibles to its fleet across North East London. With a roof-down time of just 18 seconds, it could be ideal for the British summer.


The 3 door, 4 seater cars are available to hire for 34p per minute, with no added costs for mileage, fuel or insurance.

In 2015, DriveNow added the all-electric BMW i3 to its fleet and a number of other car clubs have followed suit adding more electric and hybrid cars. With this latest evolution of the sector, will we see more car clubs adding convertibles to their fleet as well?

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Grenoble's Toyota i-Road car share innovation success story

A three year experiment in the French city of Grenoble with a fleet of 70 Toyota EVs (35 i-Roads & 35 COMs) has produced its year one report. Counting a growing membership of 1,000 with sign ups accelerating to 100 a month, 92% of these are satisfied. The vehicles are predominately used during the week, 71% use the vehicles to complement another mode; car, bike or public transport and 74% own a car.

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Members must receive training before being able to use the mixed fleet. The two seater, three and four wheeled vehicles that are limited to 45km/h. The average trip distance is 5km with a hire duration of 45 minutes. The project has 27 stations and is supported by the city of Grenoble Council, Toyota, EDF, Sodeterel and the operator Cité Lib.

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Barcelona plans to cut cars from 60% of city steets

Barcelona is the latest European city to look towards cutting road traffic in a bid to tackle air pollution, carbon emissions road safety, and promote social cohesion in a more sustainable city centre environment.

The goal of cutting inner city road traffic by 21%, and in the process freeing up nearly 60% of the city’s streets, is laid out in the council’s plan including 300km of inner city bicycle lanes.

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Faxi wins Egis Projects Ireland and 33entrepreneurs award

Faxi has been rewarded with a cash prize and a partnership with major European engineering group Egis for displaying innovation in mobility with its carpooling concept writes Faxi CEO, Tony Lynch.

Egis Projects Ireland asked 33entrepreneurs to run its first step of an ambitious strategy of Open Innovation to stimulate innovation in mobility. Faxi was selected from 340 startups in the mobility industry across UK and Ireland – the 100 most innovative startups were analysed in detail and a shortlist of 20 were invited to pitch in front of Egis Projects Ireland, SigFox and 33entrepreneurs.

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DfT Transition funded schemes announced

The Department for Transport has chosen its successful applicants to the Sustainable Travel Transition Fund. The winners include Brighton & Hove City Council who have contracted Bikeplus to launch their bike share scheme with bespoke support, best practice guidance, knowledge sharing on topics such as community engagement, increasing ridership, corporate memberships.

The system will launch in May 2017.

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Bikeplus: ‘Access to bikes is essential to the cycling and walking strategy’

Bikeplus calls for a greater emphasis on access to bikes in its comments on the cycling and walking strategy, submitted today

Antonia Roberts, Bikeplus Manager, said:

Bike share schemes get people cycling, and electric bikes get even more people cycling. The new Government strategy for cycling needs to highlight the importance of enabling people to access bikes through the provision of shared bikes schemes and the need to accelerate electric bike take-up.

Many people cannot afford to take the step into bike ownership and even more are discouraged by the price of electric assist cycles; by offering them for loan or hire in workplace and community, bike pools overcome a huge barrier. This issue needs to be addressed alongside the development of attractive infrastructure.

Bikeplus calls for the inclusion of three key points in the cycling and walking strategy as part of a number of measures to encourage the take up of cycling:

- A greater emphasis on improving access to cycles through public bike share schemes, pool bikes, hire bikes, loans and ‘try out’ loans.

- A recognition of the role of technology in expanding the market for cycling. This includes electric bikes, bike share docking solutions and Mobility as a Service tools.

- A widening of the reference to cycling and public transport to include bus travel and other flexible solutions offered by all bike share operators at interchanges.

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Bikeplus at Cycle City

The annual active cycling conference Cycle City featured bike share and electric bike sessions in Leicester on 19-20th May.

Antonia Roberts, Bikeplus Manager and Sally Cairns, TRL & UCL presented on The Power of Electric Assist bikes and their role in public bike hire in a session chaired by John Sweetman and Shane Snow. They discussed the very early findings from the Department for Transport funded Shared Electric Bike Programme were discussed.

Bike sharing was the focus of its own session with Bikeplus Manager Antonia Roberts presenting The evidence for impact of bike share for cities.

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Marketing Community Car Clubs

At the end of this month, Carplus will publish a new guide to online and social media advertising aimed at community car clubs. Recruiting new members is crucial to making a car club sustainable in the long term, and while word-of-mouth recommendation still seems to be the main source of new members, targeted online marketing has a major role to play in increasing awareness of the local options.

Thanks to funding from Transport Scotland, small grants will be available to community car clubs looking to implement some of the recommendations in this guide.

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Air quality: the impacts of air pollution and measures to reduce transport related emissions

Why should we take action on air quality?

To coincide with Air Quality in the UK (London, 17 May 2016) it seems particularly relevant to look at recent evidence on the economic and health impacts of air quality and to examine how the transport sector can help to tackle air quality issues.

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New PhD on car ownership

Institute for Transport Studies at University of Leeds are offering a fully funded three year ESRC studentship focusing on what happens to mobility patterns and energy demand in the home once a low carbon or alternatively fuelled vehicle is acquired.

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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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Walking, Cycling, Connecting Communities Scotland event

Carplus will have a stall at Walking, Cycling, Connecting Communities – Scotland’s Active Travel conference in Edinburgh on 14 June to highlight the many ways in which car clubs enhance investment in walking and cycling infrastructure by enabling more people to give up their cars and make more sustainable travel choices for day to day journeys.

Click here to attend and find out more.

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