Bikeplus is a new representative body for the UK’s bike share schemes. Sixteen towns and cities have bike share schemes, with at least another four in development. Over 10 million trips were made by shared bikes in the UK in 2015.
Antonia Roberts, Bikeplus manager, said:
“Bike share schemes have been shown to improve urban mobility – reducing congestion and improving air quality, helping take pressure off over-crowded public transport routes and giving the travelling public a healthy, flexible way to get around.
“We’re seeing increased interest in towns and cities outside London following the great success of Santander Cycles. Local authorities want impartial advice about how to set up schemes so that they will be successful and maximise the benefits that bike share can bring.”
According to Transport for London 49 percent of those who use Santander Cycles hadn’t cycled previously.
Bikeplus is supported by local authorities, and bike share operators including Serco, Nextbike and Hour Bike. It will collect data from the industry to monitor the scale of bike sharing nationwide and identify the factors which make bike share schemes successful.
Bikeplus is part of the shared transport organisation Carplus which collects and analyses data for car clubs in the UK.