The launch follows discussions between Mobike and Southwark’s local authorities to assess the borough’s transport infrastructure and cycling culture
Dockless bike-share company Mobike has extended its scheme to the London borough of Southwark and has also called for more freedom to operate across other city boroughs.
Mobike is already present in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow, Islington and the City, as well as in Manchester, where it recently strengthened its presence introducing bikes to Stockport. It has also widened the scheme across the city of Newcastle.
The borough will see an initial 200 bikes being deployed across Rotherhithe and Camberwell, with that number growing progressively based on demand.
The approval follows discussions between Mobike and Southwark’s local authorities to assess the borough’s transport infrastructure and cycling culture. Southwark council has chosen to adopt a multi-operator model, with different bike-sharing schemes being available within the borough, to provide residents with more choice and bike availability.
“I am really pleased to be bringing on demand bike hire to the whole of Southwark. Mobike are experts in their field and they are committed to working with us to promote responsible and safe cycling, including the parking of their bikes,” said councillor Ian Wingfield.
“Many residents have been very clear that this is something that they would welcome and we hope the bikes will help encourage people to give cycling a try and get out and explore the whole of Southwark.”
Mobike said its local team will be working closely with Southwark council to respond appropriately to the borough’s cycling demand, taking into account its existing transport infrastructure, and ensuring people have easy access to bikes across the borough.
Mobike has urged local authorities to adopt a more city-wide approach to bike-sharing, which it believes is essential for London to meet the ambitious goals set in the mayor’s transport strategy.
“The mayor’s transport strategy has set the very ambitious objective of increasing the number of cycle journeys made in London by 400 per cent by 2026. Bike-sharing has a key role to play in this – and if we are to make a real difference in Londoners’ daily commute, being in Southwark is an important step,” added Steve Pyer, UK general manager for Mobike.
“As one of the biggest boroughs, and a major connection to the Square Mile, Southwark is going to allow us to significantly expand our users’ journeys, giving them access to south, north and central London.”
Mobike claims it is already in 200 cities and reaches 30 million peak hires a day.
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