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CoMoUK calls for policy action in Scotland

Over the last two months CoMoUK has been responding to a variety of consultations and poilicy updates to ensure the inclusion of shared transport in order to meet both governmental policy objectives in Scotland. 
This has included responses to the Low Emission Zones in Edinburgh, Cleaner Air for Scotland and National Transport Strategy, demonstrating how shared mobility can:
  • Promote equality by being affordable for all, easy to use and providing fair access to the services;
  • Act on the climate crisis by helping to deliver net-zero target and promoting greener, cleaner choices;
  • Help deliver economic prosperity by providing reliable, efficient and high quality transport;
  • Increase health and wellbeing by helping people make healthy choices and making our communities great places to live.
We called for there to be an expansion of car club provision, and appropriate models of bike share, alongside initiatives to encourage greater use of 2+ ride share schemes. All of this must be looked at in terms of how it integrates with public transport through the redesign of street space with initiatives such as mobility hubs.

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Since 2010 launch TfL and Santander have recorded 87 million bike hires
The scheme launched with 315 docking stations and now has 781 stations and over 12,000 bikes available. Read more here

Santander Cycles Milton Keynes scheme relaunched
The scheme was relaunched by Jessica Ennis-Hill and residents are set to benefit from more than 40,000 hours of free cycling. Read more here.

Beryl bikes now available across Hackney
Users of the scheme can now pick up and drop off bikes across the borough at a total of 74 bays. Read more here

Lime seeks e-scooter legislation in Ireland
The electric scooter share service Lime is  asking the Government to legalise e-scooters in the Republic of Ireland but for use only on roads and cycle lanes with a max speed of 25km per hour (15 miles per hour). Read more here

Clean Air Zone in Newcastle criticised by businesses in the North East
The proposal was developed in response to government calls to cut air pollution, the proposal will see vans, buses, HGV's and taxis charged to cross bridges over the River Tyne. Private cars will not currently be charged. Read more here.

UK Government to open public transport data to third parties
The platform, Big Open Data Service, will make bus location, fare and in-bus service data available in real-time to passengers in England. Opening new business opportunities. Read more here.

Up to 1,000 electric bikes will be available to hire in Dublin with he launch of two companies
BleeperBike and Moby will launch in the coming months. Unlike Dublin Bikes these electric bikes will not be tied to specific docking stations but will rather be available at specific locations locked like standard bikes. Read more here.

Rural municipalities commit to promote car sharing and have 100,000 shared cars by 2021
The 20 largest rural municipalities in the Netherlands signed an accord on Wednesday to promote car sharing. Read more here.

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ActTravelWise Annual Conference: 30th January 2020
The theme for the conference centres on solutions to the geography of where people live. Richard Dilks, CoMoUK Chief Executive will be speaking at the event. Find out more here.

Stars: Shared mobility opportunites and challenges for Eurpoean cities final event
"Learning from the STARS: Findings & the Future of Car Sharing in Europe" in Bremen 13th-14th February. Find out more here.

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Recommended reads

Local Transport Today; "Forty shades of rural"
Read our chief executive's discusses the complexities of rural transport and where shared transport can fit in. Read more here.

The family perspective on modal choice and car ownership
An exploration of actions to reduce car dependency by examining different splits of different family types. Read more here.

Gabby Hinsliff writes that driving into a city should become as anitsocial as smoking. 
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Adam Parsons asks 'could free transport be the key to killing congestion?'
Luxembourg are about to experiment with whether free public transport can encourage people to leave their cars at home. Read more here.

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