Public Bike Share Accreditation
Carplus Bikeplus has launched an accreditation scheme for bike share operators which provides assurance to local authorities on an agreed set of standards expected by operators when providing services. This will form part of the membership package available to operators and suppliers who currently run or wish to run schemes in the UK
Introduction to accreditation
The Public Bike Share Accreditation Scheme has been set up for the benefit of public bodies and it was designed with their input. The aim is to provide a tool that helps organisations to decide which operators should be invited to submit proposals, or offered support or chosen for a contract.
Accreditation is a valuable tool for local authorities who are increasingly supporting bike share schemes with funding and provision of public space. It will also benefit planning authorities which are requesting bike share provision in a development as well as public transport operators working on joint promotions and discounts.
Why be accredited?
Bike share operators and suppliers benefit from obtaining accreditation by gaining an independent seal of approval for the quality of their service. It provides evidence of meeting minimum standards such as safety and service standards. As Local Authorities adopt the scheme it will provide access to procurement opportunities which may be restricted to those with this approval. Accreditation also includes membership of Carplus Bikeplus which has a range of benefits. Smaller community based schemes may not apply for accreditation as they may not face the situations where Accreditation is needed, although some will find it useful.
Developing accreditation for a changing market
Bikeplus reserves the right to update the accreditation criteria and application forms to reflect changes in the public bike share market and new models of bike sharing that are emerging. Any updated versions will be published on the Bikeplus website (www.bikeplus.org.uk) and circulated to all accredited operators.
There are two standards of accreditation available; full and provisional.
1.1 Full Accreditation
Full accreditation applies to operators who are already established and have at least one scheme in operation. Full accreditation requires operators to meet all the requirements set out in the full accreditation application form (see below)
Some bike share operators who are new to the market may wish to work towards full accreditation as their operations move past the launch phase. In these circumstances, provisional accreditation may be appropriate.
1.2 Provisional Accreditation
Local authorities entering contractual agreements with operators need to have assurances that they can deliver what they claim, but at the same time, new entrants to the industry may wish to apply for tenders prior to having all operational elements in place. It is difficult for Bikeplus to give the necessary assurances without the applicant actually being operational and proving what they can deliver.
Provisional accreditation will only be awarded on the basis that the operator provides Bikeplus with written details of a set of milestones leading up to a launch date and evidence at each stage achieve. If significant and repeated delays occur, provisional status will be revoked until the launch programme is back on track.
Public Bike Share Accreditation Scheme
The criteria for the Provisional and Full Accreditation Scheme are split into four sections; each section contains the requirements needed and a brief explanation of what is included. The four sections are:
- 2.1 Business requirements
- 2.2 Service provision requirements
- 2.3 Maintenance and safety requirements
- 2.4 Data collection requirements
To be awarded accreditation, each operator will need to complete the appropriate application form and provide the appropriate supporting documentation outlined in the application form.
To be awarded full accreditation it will be necessary for an operator to achieve all of the requirements in full. The accreditation process will require operators to renew their accreditation on an annual basis.
A charge will be levied each year by Bikeplus to cover the cost of administering the scheme. A penalty charge of £100 may be made if substantial information is missing on an application and a second appraisal is required. Price rises may be applied each year. Each renewal year runs April to April regardless of when a scheme is approved and operators will be notified at least one month in advance of any price rises. Pro-rata charges will be applied when an operator applies for Accreditation part way through a year.
All materials supporting the application will be provided in English.
Payment structure from 1st March 2017 (prices exclude VAT)
- £750 membership plus a bike levy of:
- £1.00 per bike for first 1000 bikes
- £0.65 per bike for 1000-5000 bikes
- £0.25 per bike over 5000 bikes
based on the number of bikes at 1st March each year.
A flat membership fee of £250 is applicable to any bike share with less than 50 bikes, the bike levy is only applicable to bike schemes with more than 50 bikes.
Applying for Accreditation
Car Club Accreditation
The car club accreditation scheme has been set up for the benefit of public bodies, and it was designed with their input. The aim is to provide a tool for organisations that helps to assess operators when deciding who should be invited to submit proposals, supported or chosen for a contract.
Types of accreditation
There are two standards of accreditation available, full and basic, both of which are available on a provisional and location specific basis.
Who will use it?
The scheme is valuable for local authorities who are increasingly supporting car clubs with funding and provision of on-street parking. Planning authorities requesting car club provision in a development as well as public transport operators working on joint promotions and discounts will also benefit from the system.
Who needs it?
Car club operators benefit from using the accreditation logo in their marketing, but with a charge for administering each approval, not all clubs will want to apply for accreditation. This does not mean they are not bona fide clubs. Indeed many smaller community based clubs will not face the situations where accreditation is needed, although some will find it useful to prove and to have proof that they meet other minimum standards such as safety and service standards.
Applying for accreditation
If you wish to apply, please download the accreditation criteria and relevant application form. If you have any queries about the accreditation process or the costs of accreditation, please contact Carplus.
Accreditation Criteria Download PDF