Bike share responsibility and regulation: do we need a national standard?

Responsibility and regulation is becoming an increasingly hot topic for bike share, with questions being asked in the UK Parliament and the Lords about what powers local authorities in England have to regulate schemes within their boundaries. These issues will be a major focus of the  DfT-supported Bike Share Masterclass in Leicester on 30 January, as Minister Jesse Norman contemplates the need for a possible ‘national standard’

Bike share goes from strength to strength across the world, with new dockless and docked scheme launches in India, China and Indonesia last month, as well as several new schemes starting up across Europe and the US. In London, 2017 was a record-breaking year for Santander Cycles with an unprecedented 10.3m hires – 4.4 per cent up on 2015. 2017 saw more than 9.4m hires, with six of the ten months beating year-on-year records for the number of journeys being made. October 2017 was the best on record for the scheme, with just under one million hires.

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