New report reveals positive impacts of bike-share schemes across UK
CoMoUK’s annual report showcases the positive impact of bike-share schemes in the UK, highlighting their environmental, economic and social benefits in promoting sustainable and inclusive transportation.
National shared transport charity, Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK), has released its seventh annual bike-share report, highlighting the positive impacts of bike-share schemes in the UK throughout 2022.
CoMoUK’s annual bike-share report is compiled in collaboration with accredited UK bike-share operators, local authority representative, and operators to ensure a comprehensive and accurate representation of the sector. The data has been collected through a questionnaire distributed via email and social media to members of UK bike-share schemes.
According to the report, one-third of bike-share users in the UK either started cycling for the first time or resumed cycling after a hiatus of five years or more. In addition, two-thirds of bike-share users reported cycling more frequently since joining a bike-share scheme.
In 2022, the number of locations served by bike-share schemes in the UK increased to 43, including London, compared to 39 the previous year. The availability of e-bikes has also seen significant growth, with the number rising from approximately 5,000 in September 2021 to nearly 12,000 in 2022. E-bikes are now part of 12 e-bike-only schemes and 13 mixed schemes across the country.
Furthermore, the report reveals that bike-share schemes in the UK recorded nearly 20 million hires per year between September 2021 and September 2022, averaging around 54,285 rides per day.
The report highlights a notable gender difference among bike-share users, with 62% identifying as male, 33% as female, 3% as non-binary and 2% preferring not to answer or self-describing. This aligns with the 2021 National Travel Survey for England, which indicated that men made significantly more trips by pedal bike compared to women.
Moreover, bike-share schemes have been found to attract users from diverse age groups, with the largest cohort being aged between 25 and 34. Users under 35 account for 53% of bike-share users, while age groups 35-44 and 45-54 make up 22% and 14% respectively. Users aged 55 and over constitute 10% of all bike-share users.
The report also indicates that bike-share schemes are attracting a relatively diverse group of users, with 73% identifying as White, 11% as Asian/Asian British, 4% as Black, 4% as mixed/multiple ethnicity and 3% as other ethnic groups. This is compared to figures from the 2021 Census for England and Wales.
Respondents from all income groups participated in the survey, with 24% belonging to low-income groups with a gross annual income of £20,000 or less, highlighting that this mode of transport, along with other micro-mobility options, can improve mobility access for socio-economically disadvantaged communities.
Overall, the report emphasises the role of bike-share schemes as catalysts for positive change in transportation and encourages their continued expansion and support.
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