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Shared mobility news September 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of Shared Mobility News!

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

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Expanding access to car clubs in England - Funding guidelines published

Following the Department for Transport’s July announcement of funding to help develop car clubs in England, the programme is gathering pace.
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Guidelines and timetables for bidding have been published on the Carplus website, and two information sessions scheduled for Bristol and Leeds in September.

Photo left to right: Rex Warner, Founder, Norfolk Car Club, Chas Ball, Chief Executive, Carplus, Baroness Kramer, Minister for Transport

Information sessions

The two information sessions will be held on 22nd September at Leeds Art Gallery; and on 23rd September at Armada House in Bristol. For further information see our website.

These sessions will allow prospective bidders to find out more about the process and also meet car club operators. Four car club operators will be on hand in Leeds (City Car Club, Co-wheels, E-Car and Enterprise CarShare) and six in Bristol (City Car Club, Co-wheels, E-Car, Enterprise CarShare , Zipcar and Co-Cars).

There has already been a great deal of interest, with places at the information sessions filling fast.

It is encouraging to see how much interest has been generated by this announcement and how much potential there is for expanding access to car clubs across England.’ said Chas Ball, Chief Executive of Carplus.

To book a place at the information sessions please contact or call the office on 0113 373 1757.

Guidelines for bidding

Three briefing papers are available from the Carplus website outline the bidding process.

Information briefing 1 outlines key elements of the programme and the timetable for its implementation. Download PDF
Information briefing 2 details how the funding will be allocated and provides the criteria and the timetable for Car Club Demonstration Project applications. Download PDF
Information briefing 3 explains the timetable and criteria for the Challenge Fund. Download PDF

The deadline for expressions of interest is 13 October (Demonstration Projects) and 24 October (Challenge Fund).


First shared e-bike scheme launched in Inverness


Co-wheels launched the UK’s first shared electric bike scheme in Inverness last month. The scheme offers 12 Giant Prime e+ bikes, designed to climb hills with ease. The bikes are sited near the railway and bus station and outside the council headquarters, and are intended for use by both residents and tourists.

For more details, check out Co-wheels’ website.


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Morag Haddow joins Carplus

Morag joins Carplus Scotland as the Car Club Development Officer (Scotland) from local development trust Sustaining Dunbar, where she worked with schools, businesses and community-led groups to promote alternatives to private car use.

Due to taking on the new role with Carplus Morag will be stepping down as a board member of start-up car club SpareWheels which she founded 3 years ago, leaving it poised to expand to other local towns.

She is also is working towards an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering.


Car Club Demonstration Projects information sessions: 22 & 23 September

Are you interested in finding out more about the DfT funding available for demonstration projects? These information sessions are a chance to find out more about the three awards, meet car club operators and other potential partners before submitting an expression of interest.

Full details on the Carplus website:


The deadline for expressions of interest is 13 October 2014.


Carplus Car Club Forum 23: 25 September - London

Advancing the London car club strategy: helping more Londoners drive less...

At the Car Lite London launch at City Hall in July it was recognised that car clubs play an important role in delivering a smart transport system.

Car club membership in London can reach 800,000 by 2020 – but only with the right conditions and supportive policies in place. Car Club Forum 23 will help to identify measures and local initiatives needed at borough, London-wide and government level to achieve this.

This is an opportunity for stakeholders to get involved in influencing the strategy to increase access to car clubs – and improve air quality, relieve parking and congestion problems.

Carplus car club Forum 23: 25 September – TfL offices, Palestra, Southwark, London

See the full programme here or book a place online.


Car Club Technical Training Event - London Borough Officers

This technical training day will cover topics including:

- Procurement;

- Section 106 agreements;

- Increasing public awareness; and

- Corporate use – making the case to employees.

View the draft programme on our website.

Attendance is by invitation only – email enquiries to

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