Embrace smart commuting through shared mobility

One of the many ways to tackle the climate crisis is by transforming the way that we travel, while keeping things convenient, affordable and efficient.

Shared mobility is a great approach to making our daily journeys smarter. Shared mobility refers to transport services that are shared among users, either at the same time or one after the other. This can include public transport, bike and scooter sharing, carsharing and lift sharing.

As well as reducing our emissions, shared mobility can save money, save space, and cut traffic due to less vehicles on the road.

Here are just a few of the ways that shared mobility could work for you…


On two wheels

'Micromobility' is the term to describe group of people sharing access to a fleet of low-speed vehicles - like bikes, e-bikes and scooters. You can mostly find micromobility options in more urban areas, where shared bikes and scooters can be used conveniently for short trips across towns and cities. 

Micromobility serves as a happy medium for many commuters - it's usually a quicker option than walking or catching a bus, with lower costs and emissions than a taxi. 

Shared bikes and electric scooters are being installed in more and more locations across the UK, with stations to 'dock' your bike at the start and end of a trip, and mobile apps making hire easy. 

Micromobility is a flexible and cost effective way to get around urban areas - choosing to share vehicles rather than own one saves the cost and maintenance involved with ownership, as well as the need to park your bike or scooter somewhere secure at home. If often helps you to skip the traffic jams, too!

On four wheels

Whether you call it carpooling, ridesharing or just 'giving someone a lift', one of the most common and efficient forms of shared mobility involves collating similar journeys into one vehicle.

Thanks to the rise in ridesharing apps, it's now easier than ever to carpool your way around - reducing the need for a vehicle and its associated costs for many people.

As an alternative to ridesharing, car sharing gives you personal access to a network of cars for short-term hourly hire. Carsharing is ideal for people who need occasional access to a car (for example, for shopping trips or travel further afield), but don’t use a car enough to warrant the costs of ownership. 

Carsharing apps like Enterprise Car Club make picking up a car near to you easy and cost effective, with many platforms also offering electric models to make your journey more sustainable.

Workplace schemes

An as employer, there are plenty of ways that you can make an impact by supporting smarter commuting within your team. 

Flexible office hours and remote working greatly reduces the number of vehicles on our roads at peak hours, and saves employees money on the daily commute. Incentivising sustainable transport options, like cycling to work, makes opting for a low-carbon commute an easier choice for your team. 

You can also make your workplace more attractive to active commuters by providing facilities like showers, lockers and secure bike storage. 

Your can track the carbon emissions of your team’s commute and corporate travel with the TripShift app, designed to keep taps on your miles and give smart suggestions to cut your transport emissions.

Transport for London has a toolkit with tips and advice to help you to encourage smart commuting amongst your colleagues, wherever you’re based, and Liftshare’s Mobilityways platform collects and surveys data to incentivise behaviour change.

Businesses across the West of England can sign up to Join My Journey, a clever new journey sharing platform designed to save staff money and reduce emissions by matching up commuters from the same workplace to share walking, cycling and car journeys.