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Shared mobility news September 2016

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App-Bike launch at UK Bike share conference

App-Bike will be officially launching their smart lock based bike sharing system at the Bikeplus Inaugural UK Bike sharing conference on 4-5th October in Oxford. The App-Bike system is designed to offer a low cost and infrastructure light solution to bike sharing.
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‘We have been astounded by the initial level of interest in our product and app, and October will see some of our initial projects go live on the streets of the UK’ says Simon White, Managing Director of Active Cycling Projects who is launching App-Bike.

He goes on to say that: “Interest has come from local authorities, universities, developers and businesses who all like the concept of bike sharing but have been put off by the high capital and operational costs of traditional docking station based systems. This interest is not surprising when you consider that the App-Bike system is around 1/10th of the cost of some traditional bike sharing systems.”

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DriveNow achieves 20,000 users

BMW’s flexible car-sharing service has reached a landmark 20,000 members in London, this represents 12% of the capital’s market.

Since the launch in December 2014, the scheme has grown to a fleet of 290 vehicles.


Sharing economy pioneer Liftshare celebrates its 18th birthday!

Congratulations to pioneering 2+ car sharing company Liftshare, it turned 18 years old on 22 August. It is now a thriving car sharing community, with over 1,000,000 trips shared through its site per month, saving people millions of pounds and reducing CO2 emissions.

Liftshare was founded in 1998 when founder Ali Clabburn realised he couldn’t afford the train fare from university in Bristol back home to Norfolk one Christmas. He posted a message up on a student union common room notice-board, returned the next day to find three lift offers – and Liftshare was born.

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Glasgow set to grow bike share scheme

Following the successful uptake of the Nextbike operated bike share scheme, Glasgow City Council plan to double the system with up to 900 bikes at 100 stations next year.

NextBike Glasgow Stations

The scheme launched with 400 bikes at 31 docks during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it has served 206,109 journeys with 14,080 registrations.

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Nextbike celebrates 250,000 journeys

The bike share provider Nextbike proudly announces the milestone of 250,000 bike share journeys made in its UK schemes. The international operator current operates schemes in Glasgow, Bath and Warwick.

Bath North East Somerset Cabinet Member for Transport, Conservative councillor Anthony Clarke said: “I’m delighted with the uptake of the scheme which is proving popular with visitors and local residents alike. A quarter of a million rentals in the United Kingdom is quite an achievement, considering that a few years ago bike sharing was not common at all.”

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Bike & Go expand to Ainsdale

Merseyside railway station Ainsdale has been added to the Bike & Go network, bikes are available at selected Abellio railway stations nationwide.

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Campaigns call for Santander Cycles expansion

Two separate London campaigns call for Boroughs to expand Santander Cycles network.

‘Why the Gap’ highlights how the system doesn’t offer docks in the northern Southwark areas of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey.

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Oxford community solar powers car club

An electric vehicle operated by Co-wheels for Rose Hill Community Centre in Oxford is being powered by the local solar panel grid. Co-wheels has 30 cars in Oxford and thousands of others across the country.

Andy Edwards of Bioregional, worked with Co-wheels to offer the vehicle. He said: “We would like a whole fleet of these cars across Oxford.

“It could be used with solar panels on the roof of the local Mini plant or on the roofs of primary schools. We could link up renewable energy to transport”.


Energy Saving Trust EV survey

Energy Saving Trust (EST) is working with partners to understand how the use of electric vehicles could transform the way we use energy on a daily basis.

As part of the project, EST has developed a short survey that aims to explore people’s perceptions of electric vehicles and the vehicle to grid technology. The link to the short survey is here.


Renault start Parisian car-sharing

Renault Mobility is the latest car-sharing brand launched by a major car manufacturer. This time targeting the French capital with a service launched at the business centre, La Defense.


BMW ReachNow in Portland

BMW’s flexible car-sharing service will expanded from their first US city of Seattle to Portland with three other cities in the pipeline to.

The Seattle operation has expanded from 350 to 500 vehicles.

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Bike share scheme users survey still open

The first survey of UK bike share users has been launched by Bikeplus and will remain open to responses until 17th September, users can complete it here.

Users of UK bike share schemes outside London, including two of the main operators Hourbike and Nextbike as well as independent schemes such as Slough Cycle Hire have been invited to complete the survey.

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Resources for funding

We have published shared transport funding guidance for:

Low Carbon Travel and Transport Programme Funding Scotland

Department for Transport Access Fund bids

Follow Carplus and Bikeplus on twitter to keep up to date with the latest funding info.


Bike share conference booking - 4-5th October 2016

Bikeplus announces an exciting two day conference about bike share in the UK, including the first public bike share survey. Participants will gain wider understanding of important issues in the sector from bike share procurement to the use of smart locks as well as learning lessons from the Shared Electric Bike Programme.

This conference is essential for those involved in planning and delivering public bike share schemes, including at local authority, LEP, private sector and consultant level.

We are very excited to partner with AppBike for this events and announce our headline speakers as Lucy Yu, Head – Innovation and Mobility as a Service, Centre for Connected Autonomous vehicles and Kristen Camareno, North American Bike Sharing Association.

App-Bike Logo Green on White

Book online now!

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Bookings open: Scotland Shared Transport Conference 2016

The Shared Transport Conference 2016 will focus on how shared travel can be integrated with other forms of sustainable transport, particularly in low carbon transport and active travel hubs.

It is being held on Tuesday 20 September, 10.30am – 3.30pm, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Congress Road, Glasgow.

It is essential for local authorities, consultants, sustainable transport professionals and others working to reduce the carbon footprint of travel. Book now!

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