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Council to set up code of conduct for bike-share firms

YoBike are the latest firm to have announced an intention to offer a dockless bike-share service in Oxford. The Chinese firm, which has operated in Bristol since April, follows Ofo in earmarking the city for a launch.

YoBike has been an at-times controversial operator in Bristol, having been accused of entering the Bath bike hire market ‘like a wrecking ball' after its bikes started appearing in the city despite rival firm nextbike having a contract with the council.

The rapid expansion and ‘disruptive’ approach of bike-share firms were cited as concerns by the European Cyclists Federation in a recent position paper on the nascent industry.

The organisation created a list of best practices which it says can help cities and relevant public authorities construct their own framework to manage the arrival of dockless bike sharing operators.

The Oxford Times reports that Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council and other partners, including the University of Oxford, are looking to set up a code of conduct for such companies to adhere to.

The code would require firms to pay the Oxford Living Wage of £8.45 per hour and ensure all bikes are maintained to a high standard.

Councillor Suzanne Bartington, Oxfordshire County Council’s cycling champion, commented: “As part of the county council’s plan to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality we are keen to encourage cycling across Oxfordshire.

“We believe that, if introduced in the right way, dockless bikes can provide a convenient travel option, encouraging more people to travel by bike cycle.

“We are committed to working with partner organisations including Oxford City Council and the University of Oxford to ensure dockless cycle operators are aware of our code of conduct for the benefit of all local residents and visitors.”

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