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Shared mobility news March 2016

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Smarter Travel LIVE! & Bikeplus launch

Bikeplus will launch with Under Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew Jones MP at Smarter Travel Live! conference on Thursday 17th March at MK Arena. Carplus-Bikeplus will be hosting sessions on each sector of shared transport with speed learning and speakers including; Susan Shaheen (University of California, Berkeley), Martyn Briggs (Frost and Sullivan), Keith Buchan (MTRU), Tim Caswell (hourbike), Matthew Clark (Steer Davies Gleave), Dan Sherwood (Santander), David Eddington (TfL) and many others.

The full programme can be viewed on the Smarter Travel LIVE! website.


Enter the Carplus promotional code: GCARPSTL16 on Smarter Travel LIVE’s website to book your place for a special discount rate of £150 (+ VAT and admin) – a massive saving on the full cost of tickets.


Department for Transport Transition Funding

The Department for Transport have announced funding for 2016/7 with the Sustainable Travel Transition Fund. The £20 million pot fills the void between the now completed LSTF projects and Access Fund for 2017/8. Local authorities are invited to apply for £350,000-500,000 to support cycling and walking projects, consortium bids can be submitted up to a value of £2.5 million. The deadline for applications is 18:00 Tuesday 29th March.

The fund primarily aims to:

- Support the local economy and facilitate economic development;

- Reduce carbon emissions.

The PDF guidance document can be downloaded here.


Rapid Charge Network: Completion of 1,100km charging network boosts Britain’s roads as longer EV journeys become a reality

The completion of a new charging network that stretches the length of Britain’s busiest roads makes long-distance, cross-border journeys by electric vehicles (EV) a realistic prospect for millions more drivers in the UK and Ireland.


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Liftshare providing access to work for unemployed in Midlands

A new partnership has enabled residents who live an area of high unemployment to share journeys to Birch Coppice Business Park where there is a current labour shortage. 2+ car share provider Liftshare are developing myPTP personal travel plans with site occupants including Ocado, where 53% of their staff have registered to the scheme. Job Centre Plus are informing job seekers of this scheme.

Read the original article written by Polly Williams in Local Transport Today.


Crowd-funded start-up Hiyacar launches in UK

The peer-to-peer car sharing start-up HiyaCar have 200 drivers signed up nationally with cars available in Maidstone, Manchester, Bristol and Milton Keynes. The start-up has attracted £300,000 of crowd funding from over 244 investors in only 12 days.

They are developing their service after having met bosses of sharing economy giants Getaround, Turo & AirBnB in San Francisco as part of the UK government’s commissioned independent review of the sector.

Read the original article on Kent Online.


Doctors say 40,000 deaths a year linked to air pollution: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

A new landmark report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) starkly sets out the dangerous impact air pollution is currently having on our nation’s health – with around 40,000 deaths a year linked to air pollution. ‘Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution’ presents that the harm from air pollution is not just linked to short term episodes but is a long term problem with lifelong implications.

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Co-cars car club comes to Salisbury

hOURCARS, Salisbury’s long-standing community car share club, is joining with Co-cars, a fast-growing car share co-operative based in Exeter. The two vehicles in Salisbury – a Toyota Yaris hybrid based in Central Car Park, and a Honda Jazz based in York Road – will be launched with their new Co-Cars branding on Friday 5th February.


The expansion to two vehicles in Salisbury has been made possible thanks to grant funding from the Department of Transport, through Carplus, and from Wiltshire Council.

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Waltham Forest sees car sharing membership rocket

Waltham Forest have responded to a 60% increase in car club membership by expanding the number of dedicated bays from 37 to 45. The two operators in the Borough, Zipcar & DriveNow have over 4,000 members who can save on average £3,500 annually if they drive between 6,000-8,000 miles annually.

Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, said that car ownership in the borough has fallen to nearly 50%.

The full article can be viewed on Transport Xtra.


Newbury Co-Wheels car club

Five pay-as-you-drive vehicles will be available on the streets of Newbury as a part of the DfT funded Carplus managed Developing Car Clubs (England) Programme, receiving a £50,000 grant with an additional £41,000 from developers.

The first three Co-Wheels cars arrived at the end of January, with two more – including a fully-electric Renault Zoe – being launched in March. Membership of the club costs a one-off joining fee of £25, and the monthly minimum spend of £5, is effectively not paid when a car is hired once per month.

West Berkshire Council have stated that ‘all major future developments will be required to provide car sharing, this includes Newbury Racecourse’. The cost of sharing a car is about £4.50 per hour, plus 21p per mile driven.

Newbury Today wrote the original article.


Car clubs arrive in Sunderland

Co-Wheels and North East Combined Authority will deliver 20 vehicles to railway & metro stations and the University. The fleet of Toyota Aygos & Yaris will be integrated in to the region’s Pop smart travel ticket.

The original article can be viewed in Sunderland Echo.


City Car Club win Surrey

City Car Club win the two-year Surrey County Council car club contract valued at £236,100. 14 low emission vehicles will be available in locations near homes and offices in Redhill, Dorking, Leatherhead and Woking, with a further five vehicles (including two electric vehicles) due to arrive in Guildford in April 2016.

See the original article on Fleet News.


Edinburgh set to join UK bike share cities

Edinburgh City Council announce plans to roll out a bike share scheme. A procurement process is scheduled for autumn 2016. The list of UK bike share schemes is set to expand with Milton Keynes set to launch this year with nextbike and Santander, followed by Brighton & Hove in 2017.


Zipcar innovate on both sides of the Atlantic

Roll out of one way offer across USA

Zipcar launch an A-B car sharing service in the United States, allowing members to choose and then change their destination during the trip. The world’s leading car sharing network will begin to offer the new more flexible point-to-point service in select North American markets throughout 2016, starting with Los Angeles and Michigan.

New cars in Wanstead Hyundai and investment in i30s

In partnership with Redbridge Council the residents of Wanstead will be offered vehicles outside the local library and railway station. Zipcar membership is typically £6 a month, with pay-as-you-go rates from £5 per hour.

100 Hyundai i30 models have been added to Zipcar’s central London fleet.

Read the full articles on AutoRentalNews, Wanstead & Woodford Guardian & Zipcar press release.


Mobility-as-a-Service is now live in Finland

The Finish government have rolled out their app based mobility operation, MaaS CEO and the original developer of the concept has set a bold vision to reshaping the world’s transportation markets with a single personal mobility account. The smart phone based app combines all existing transport operations and seeks to tailor these to customer needs, it has been estimated that the new services could employ 20,000 people.

Investors in the project include Transdev, a French transport operator and Karsan Otomotiv Sanayii & Ticaret, a Turkish car-industry company.

See the full article on ITS International.


BMW DriveNow free-floating in Seattle

BMW’s car sharing operation DriveNow will have access to 63 parking permits to be used as a free-floating offer in Seattle. This move is further indication that major automobile manufacturers are increasing their confidence in the future of shared mobility on both sides of the Atlantic.

DriveNow are targeting Seattle with BMW ActiveE and i3 electric vehicles, the city is currently one of Car2Go’s strongest US markets for car sharing, Seattle allows each car-sharing company to receive 500 permits to start, and up to 750 if they agree to provide service across the city.

Read the full article Geek Wire.


Vancouver bike share June launch

Residents of Vancouver will have the opportunity to start bike sharing in June 2016, the scheme when complete will have 1,500 smart bikes at over 150 docking stations. CycleHop have been awarded the contract valued at $5 million for a 5-year tender.

Read the full article on Straight.


Alistair Kirkbride argues ‘Shared Mobility Makes sense’ ahead of Smarter Travel LIVE!

Once the province of co-operatives and community groups, shared transport has become a thriving mobility ecosystem in its own right, replete with shared cars, lift and bikes. Whilst the co-op and the community group still have a role to play, big business has set up shop right at the heart of this ecosystem.

There are now shared transport solutions for nearly every situation, often at the touch of an app, which provides attractive choices for modern lifestyles. The sector is burgeoning, and while it is most advanced in urban areas, it has been adopted in villages and remote areas as a different approach to accessible transport.
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Carplus Scotland team grows

We are delighted to announce that Allie Page will be the new Car Club Development Officer in Scotland, she will join Susan & Morag in the Edinburgh office on 7th March offering sector relevant experience from her previous job at Energy Saving Trust.


Benefits of bike share recognised in new resources

Bikeplus have published two documents aimed at organisations looking to attract future funding and sponsorship to the sector. Please click through the following links to access the evidence:

Benefits of bike sharing

How bike share supports access to work, education, training


Carplus facebook group for community car clubs

A new network group has been set up for community car clubs where participants can share solutions to their shared transport needs. Please contact to join as you’ll need to be added to the group.


Test ride and meet up in Oxford ahead of shared electric bike launches

The Shared Electric Bike Programme projects met up at University of Oxford Mathematics Institute on 23rd February 2016 to receive project updates and discuss future sustainability.
The event involved a test ride on the hourbike electric bike (pictured), these will be the first in the UK to offer a mixed fleet with 16 electric bikes complementing the current fleet of 50 conventional bikes. The OXONBIKE scheme is supported by University of Oxford, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and hourbike. Both types of bikes can be docked at all twelve stations including two Universities, four Hospitals & Begbroke Science Park.

The projects are being delivered thanks to the Department for Transport funded, Bikeplus managed Shared Electric Bike Programme with over 200 electric bikes in 11 projects nationwide.


Smarter Travel LIVE 2016

Carplus is placing shared mobility centre stage by supporting the Smarter Travel LIVE Conference with a series of themed sessions bridging transport technology and behavioural change. These are taking place at ArenaMK, Milton Keynes on 17-18 March 2016.


Enter the Carplus promotional code: GCARPSTL16 on Smarter Travel LIVE’s website to book your place for a special discount rate of £150 (+ VAT and admin) – a massive saving on the full cost of Smarter Travel tickets.


Scottish Carplus Annual Survey Report launch

Carplus are pleased to announce the launch of their 2015/16 Annual Survey of Car Clubs in Scotland report. Come along on 28th April 2016 at 18:00 to hear about some key findings from the survey and to meet key figures in the transport sector.

The event will be held at Hemma Bar, 73 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU, United Kingdom, please see map.

Book your place on the Carplus website.


Eastbourne shared electric bike launch

Electric bikes are arriving in Eastbourne at the railway station and University of Brighton campus. The scheme will be officially launched on Monday 7th March 2016. The event will be attended by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, the local MP, local councillors, local journalists, Raleigh, Cycle Hoop & Bikeplus. The 20 electric bikes will be located at two hubs of lockers at the railway station (pictured below) and on campus.

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The project is being delivered thanks to the Department for Transport funded, Bikeplus managed Shared Electric Bike Programme with over 200 electric bikes in 11 projects nationwide.


Compass Bikes launch at housing associations

The week commencing Monday 14th March will see the launch of Sustainable Ventures electric bike scheme called Compass Bikes at five housing associations throughout the south of England.

Firstly Hundred housing in Chesterton, on the outskirts of Cambridge, then Orwell housing with sites in Ipswich, Felixstowe & Lowestoft and finally Hook Norton low carbon community in Oxfordshire. Each launch will invite residents to have a go on the brand new shared electric bikes and promote the benefits of electric cycling.

The projects are being delivered thanks to the Department for Transport funded, Bikeplus managed Shared Electric Bike Programme with over 200 electric bikes in 11 projects nationwide.

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