Monday, September 25th 2017 at 11:33AM BST
British Cycling is partnering with Mobike dockless bike share company to inspire two million more people to get on bikes. The Chinese bike share company recently launched in Manchester, with the cooperation of Transport for Greater Manchester, and there are plans for further roll-outs, including in Newcastle on Tyne and fourteen other cities.
The partnership with British Cycling aims to increase accessibility to the Mobike dockless bikes by supporting wide-ranging access to Mobike’s scheme across the UK.
British Cycling and Mobike plan to engage with local communities and businesses to encourage greater bike use. As the scheme expands, data collected from Mobike’s smart technology can also be used to incentivise and promote greater cycling behaviours among different demographics, said a joint statement from British Cycling and Mobike.
The statement added:
“Productive discussions are also taking place with local councils to ensure a smooth roll out of Mobike’s sustainable biking infrastructure and to develop solutions to address the unique needs of cities and towns.”
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Currently in over 180 cities around the world with over seven million bikes, Mobike reports over 100 million users.
British Cycling CEO Julie Harrington said:
“One of the biggest deterrents of getting on a bike is not having one. Not only will Mobike help provide bikes to people where they are needed and encourage them to rediscover their inner cyclist, but we will also get insights from Mobike’s smart technology which will help us understand cycling behaviours.”
Mobike’s founder and president Weiwei Hu said:
“Mobike is more than just a bike sharing scheme. We want to help create eco-friendly cities, improve air quality, reduce traffic, and ultimately improve people’s quality of life. We are excited by what we can accomplish together. This collaboration will help us not only achieve this goal but also ensure the British people have the best cycling experience possible.”
Mobike currently operates in Manchester and Ealing. From October Mobike will also begin operating in Newcastle, where 1,000 bikes will initially be made available for people to use.
Previously on BikeBiz.com, one bike-share entrepreneur told us that dockless bike schemess “have the power to reshape cities.”
The second annual Bike Share conference takes place in Manchester tomorrow. Full disclosure: I am chairing the event.