Mobike cycles into East London

23 March 2018 in Environment and Health
Mobike’s London presence extends to Newham with new generation of bikes
​Mobike, the world’s first smart bike sharing company, is announcing the arrival of the its bikes to Newham, a few weeks after rolling the scheme out to South London. 

In the coming weeks, 300 Mobikes and 50 Mobike Hubs will progressively be deployed, initially focused around the Royal Docks and Stratford, but useable across the borough - with that number expected to grow as demand increases. Newham Council will be working closely with Mobike to make the most out of this model, and to encourage all residents to adopt cycling as a greener, healthier mode of transport.

Mobike will also be working with the council to adapt the scheme to the borough’s local infrastructure and cycling patterns. This will ensure that both key landmarks like the Royal Docks and the Olympic Park and more isolated areas have consistent bike availability, to provide an inclusive and seamless cycling experience for locals. 

The Newham scheme will also be the first to use Mobike’s new bikes, a larger and lighter model, specifically built to match European cyclists’ preferences. The range of new functional features will include a gear system, dynamo rear lights, and a newly designed basket including a cup-holder for early commuters. 

Mobike users will be encouraged to park in the designated on-street dockless cycle parking bays within Newham, which can be found on the Mobike App. Mobike’s deposit is currently capped at £1 and users are then charged 50p per 30 minutes.

Steve Pyer, UK General Manager for Mobike, commented: “Just a few weeks after Southwark, Newham is another exciting place for us to move to. Newham has great spots for cycling, such as the Olympic Park, Royal Docks and the newly regenerated Greenway, as well as great cycle links into the City and surrounding areas. We think Mobike will be an exciting development for all, and will have a great impact on people’s quality of life.”

Newham’s Deputy Mayor (statutory) Ken Clark, added: “We are very excited about Mobike’s launch into the Royal Docks. Whether it’s the DLR, Emirates Airline, and London City Airport or soon to arrive Crossrail – residents, workers and visitors to the Royal Docks will have more choice than any other, about how to travel around.  It’s yet another signal of the area’s remarkable transformation.

This scheme aims to make it easier and cheaper for residents to access and use bicycles across the borough and will put an affordable bicycle journey within easy reach of the people of Newham”.

The Council recognises the potential of increasing cycling to help build personal resilience through encouraging healthier and active lives and has recently approved a Cycling Strategy to 2025, with the aim of more than doubling the proportion of trips made by cycling in that time. This will contribute to The Mayor of London’s aim for 80% of all trips in London to be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041.

The council has identified dockless cycle hire as an efficient way to improve access to bikes and work towards this aim. 

Steve Pyer added: “Our goal is to make cycling available to everyone, everywhere, so cities can start becoming noticeably greener. With the recent expansion of our scheme to South London, and now Newham, we are more and more able to offer people an uninterrupted cycling journey across the city. We hope this will encourage neighbouring boroughs to open their doors to bike sharing, so we can all work together to truly open up cycling in London.”

Mobike is already present in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow, Islington, the City and Southwark, as well as in Manchester, Newcastle and Oxford. 

Worldwide, Mobike operates in 15 countries, and over 200 cities. It has a fleet of 9 million bikes, ridden over 30 million times a day.​