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Shared mobility news November 2016

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Air quality rises up the agenda with high court ruling and new report

On Tuesday 1 November, as the High Court ruled that the UK government’s efforts to improve air quality were illegally slow, the IPPR published a report on measures to improve air quality in London.

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Exeter lands a few firsts with Co-Bikes

Co-bikes achieved a number of UK firsts at its launch on 13 October – the first on-street city network of exclusively electric bikes and first electric bikes at a UK railway station all available to book alongside Co-cars car club vehicles. This is next generation shared transport.

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Initially 15 bikes will be available from three locations: Exeter Central Station, the University of Exeter’s Forum and Digby and Sowton Park and Ride.

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Co-wheels arrives on Isle of Wight

Co-wheels car club has arrived on the Isle of Wight having launched at an event held at Quay Arts, Newport.


The vehicles being available in key locations across the island including Ryde, Cowes, Newport has been funded by Carplus and the Department for Transport’s Developing Car Clubs in England programme.

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Liftshare becomes first car sharing company to receive sharing economy TrustSeal

Sharing Economy UK, the trade body for sharing economy companies, has awarded Liftshare, the UK’s 2+ car sharing community, with their TrustSeal kitemark.

The TrustSeal stamp of approval is the world’s first kitemark for the sharing economy and is awarded to sharing economy companies who successfully meet a list of Good Practice Principles. These principles were put into place by The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), PriceWaterhouseCooper, Oxford University and the Said Business School. The safety of sharing services has been topical in recent months, with companies such as Airbnb hitting headlines.

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Europe’s First Keyless Entry and Remote Start Peer-to-Peer Rental Car Hits London

The technology installed by HiyaCar will mean the car ‘owners’ no longer need to meet the ‘drivers’ to exchange keys, simplifying the process and increasing availability with an aim of increasing income for the ‘owners’. The technology has been trialled in one of their owner’s car and will soon be expanded across the capital.

Graeme Risby, co-founder of HiyaCar explains the new technology being put into place:

‘From my experience of going to San Francisco and seeing on-demand transportation working so seamlessly it seemed a natural progression to open this up within the Peer-to-Peer sector here in the UK. To be the first company in Europe to offer keyless entry and remote start is hugely exciting and we can’t wait to roll this out across London in the very near future.’


Bolloré EV car share set to touch down at Gatwick Airport

Bolloré’s Blue City scheme will enable passengers to pick up electric vehicles from five points at the Airport and leave them in dedicated charging points around London.

Cedric Bolloré, director of development at Group Bolloré, added: ‘We look forward to collaborating with Gatwick Airport and offering passengers the opportunity to drive one of our electric cars.

‘We are convinced that electric vehicles are the future and the solution to reducing air pollution in the UK.’

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Blaze launch on Santander Cycles

The Laserlight offers improved visibility on London’s roads for Santander Cycles riders. Jessica Ennis-Hill attended a ride to mark the roll out across the fleet.

Jessica Ennis-Hill leads a group of cyclists through Central London to launch the Santander Cycle Blaze Lights for darker winter months.

A trial of the lights on 250 Santander Cycles began last winter, after which 75% of riders said the Blaze Laserlight made them feel more confident on the bike.

Watch the spooky Santander video on Youtube.


Nextbike adds wheels on the ground in Stirling

The Nextbike system in the Scottish city has expanded from 100 bikes to 160 with 11 new docks, as a result of £150,000 investment from the Scottish Government, Sustrans Scotland and Forth Environmental Link.

The new bike stations were officially launched by Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf MSP on Wednesday 2 November at the Albert Halls, Stirling. The locations include Bridge of Allan railway station, Teith House, The Peak and park & ride sites. The Scottish Government aims to increase the number of people making everyday journeys by bike to 10% by 2020.

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Climate Challenge Fund 2017/18 for Scotland

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, announced that the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund will continue. In 2017/18 the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) will focus on funding projects which deliver the greatest reduction in carbon emissions and support Scotland’s most deprived communities, with grants up to £150,000 per project available.

Previous Climate Challenge Fund grants have been awarded for initiatives to reduce carbon emissions caused by transport. The criteria includes establishing a car club, covering membership fees to run third party software for schemes, organising initial meet up sessions to overcome barriers to car sharing and purchasing low emissions vehicles for car clubs.

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Car2Go reaches milestone of two million global members

The American one way car sharing service has achieved more than 1.1 million members across Europe and 100,000 members in Chongqing since car2go launched its first Chinese location in April, 2016.

Owned by Daimler, car2go has enjoyed significant 43-percent year-over-year growth. This underscores the huge and growing potential of the carsharing sector. According to an August, 2016 carsharing report by Frost & Sullivan, the global carsharing market is expected to grow from 7.9 million people in 2015 to over 36 million people by 2025.

Martyn Briggs, Principal Mobility Analyst at Frost & Sullivan said:

‘car2go is clearly leading the car sharing market when it comes to member levels and the number of cities they’ve launched the service,’

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Car club scheme saving Aylesbury Vale District Council £100k a year

The council has introduced nine Enterprise CarShare cars as a virtual pool car fleet – including two Nissan LEAFs – to cover the organisation’s shorter business trips. This will save the council an estimated £100,000 a year as well as significantly reduce its carbon footprint.

All council employees are now required to use the new rental and CarShare vehicles rather than their own cars for work journeys. crowdfunds £100k target

The Oxford based start-up has raised over £100,000 towards its ambition plans to go nationwide with its peer-to-peer bike share platform.

The business has received support from University of Oxford and is now valued at over £1,566,000.


DriveNow launch operations in Italy

BMW and Sixt have launched 480 DriveNow vehicles in Milan, the BMW and Mini models are flexible service. Plans are for EVs to be added by the end of the year.


Can transport innovation be pro-social? Community Transport Association Seminar Report


This packed seminar on 26 October 2016 looked at transport innovation from a wide variety of angles – from technology to lifestyle changes, infrastructure to policy – and whether (but mainly how) it could be pro-social. We were delighted to attend the seminar, and to present the Carplus Bikeplus view of how inclusive, innovative shared transport could contribute to this.

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Workplace Pool Bikes: A practical guide to developing a scheme

Bikeplus published guidance on how to operate employee based bike share. The benefits for employees include: improved health; reduced sickness; improved journey times and less need to provide parking spaces.

The guidance covers defining the service, costings, providing maintenance and managing safety and insurance. It can be downloaded here.


'Gaining access to what we need without travel is re-shaping services' writes Alistair Kirkbride in Mobility Matters for Local Transport Today

‘Mobility’ is everywhere. ‘Mobility as a Service’ (MaaS) is increasingly filling column inches and conference halls, and many car manufacturers and rail companies are re-branding as ‘mobility service providers’.

But do we really have a clear understanding – or any agreement – of what mobility means? And shouldn’t we really be looking at ‘Accessibility as a Service’ – the argument being that people’s primary need is to access things (jobs, shops, friends etc) rather than to travel?

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Carplus Bikeplus AGM - 5 December

It’s been a busy year for us in a fast changing world, and this is reflected in the AGM. As well as launching Bikeplus to represent bike sharing in the UK, securing funding to understand better the impacts of 2+ car sharing and delivering our biggest programmes ever, we have completely reviewed all aspects of the organisation – including our objectives and membership structure.

As a result, we will be setting out all of this at the AGM. As we are also exploring a new name and brand, there will be an opportunity to see initial ideas and have the opportunity to influence how this develops. In addition, there will be plenty of time for tea, cake and networking!

Please visit our website booking page to register your attendance. We hope you can make it along and look forward to seeing you there. (Please note this is a change to the original date and venue advertised for the AGM)

The AGM will take place at NCVO, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL on Monday 5th December. The overall event will run between 14:00 and 16:45, with the formal business of the AGM taking place between 16:00 and 16:45.

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