Bike Plus Manchester and Healthy Streets London – Urbo Report

October 4, 2017 - 4 minutes read

Dockless bike sharing top of the agenda at BikePlus and at Healthy Streets events

Whoever said you can’t be in two places at once?! The Urbo team were out in force last week for the 2nd annual Bike Plus conference in Manchester and the Healthy Streets event in Waltham Forest, London. Crowds flocked to both events in their masses and what a week it was. Great talks, speeches, people and of course – the public unveiling of the Urbo bike!

Crowds starting to arrive at the Healthy Streets conference, Waltham Forest

Some of the key takeaways :

Parking, Parking and Parking:

It was universally agreed that bike sharing should be ubiquitous, whilst parking must be controlled. Urbo’s philosophy on parking using designated spaces received one of the biggest rounds of applause all week. Read more about or ‘Park Safe’ policy here.

Laws, not guidelines:

Guidelines are all well and good, but there needs to be strict laws in place in order to nurture sustainability.


Providers must work closely with councils in order to design a unique and fit for purpose system. There is no such thing as a one size fits all solution. Each strategy must be tailored and then developed differently for each town or city.

Data Protection:

Data protection is ever the hot topic across all industries. This is no different for the dockless bike sharing industry. All Urbo data is stored in Ireland and the U.K. and only shared with councils and Governments to help make the location a safer and more convenient place to live.

Sustainability was the underlying point that echoed throughout all of the above key takeaways. If a dockless bike sharing system is to work, it must be designed and implemented to be sustainable.

The Urbo Bikes were in high demand before the BikePlus Manchester cycle

From an Urbo point of view, the week was striking from two angles. The first was the fact that it validated our strategy and all the hard work we put in on a daily basis. We will continue to ensure open collaboration with councils, ensure our “Park safe” policy continues to set an industry benchmark, and manage our data in a manner that our users trust.

The second point, and arguably the most important point, was to keep improving. Here at Urbo we’re never naive enough to think we can’t improve. These events have inspired us to think big, and constantly endeavour to deliver an industry-leading service.

Overall, it was a fantastic week. With this industry moving so fast it’s vital that we share information and not hide or hoard it. The sharing and showcasing of the latest tech and initiatives can only benefit an urban populous, and therefore is the right thing to do.

We couldn’t finish this piece without thanking both BikePlus and the Waltham Forest Council. Both events were a credit to each organisation and the atmosphere at both was unique, yet equally fantastic. Bonus points to Waltham Forest for organising the sun on Thursday!!