Future of UK Bike Share Conference Manchester 2017

Manchester welcomes the international bike sharing community to the annual Bikeplus conference. Bringing together shared mobility experts from around the world, the conference accelerated UK progress on bike share infrastructure, debating impacts including social equity, and explored both incentivisation, and public transport integration. There was a consensus on the need for greater legal regulation and developing diversity of models.

Councillor Chris Paul from Manchester City Council opened the conference. Speakers included Roger Geffen MBE Cycling UK, and author of Only Planet Ed Gillespie. Download the presentations.

The conference, hosted by Transport for Manchester, focuses on the extraordinary growth seen within the bike share sector in the past year, the development of new models driven by tech and finance, and the social, health, and environmental benefits being experienced by residents in areas that have embraced a bike share culture.


Bikeplus published the second UK wide survey of public bike share, results reinforcing that bike share is attracting more people to cycle.

Public Bike Share User Survey all infographics

“There is a real buzz at this year’s event, it is great to see such an amazing turnout.” Says Bikeplus Director Antonia Roberts, “As the newly published survey results show Public Bike Share has the potential to make a significant impact in increasing cycling numbers so with this amount of interest in the sector and new schemes launching every week there is the possibility to make a real cultural shift”. View the full survey results.

Bikeplus was thrilled to host the POLIS Network working group meeting, attended by cities including Madrid, London, Prague, Stockholm, Prague, Brussels, and Gothenburg, The USA, and industry bodies North American Bike Sharing Association and European Cyclists Federation were also in attendance.


Headline sponsors included ofo and Urbo. Delegates enjoyed a bike ride across the city with two recently accredited operators and shared experiences across the global bike share family.

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