Mobility hub receives gold award

A Devon ‘mobility hub’ delivered by social enterprise Co Cars has been recognised for promoting greener journeys with a gold award from the national shared transport charity, CoMoUK.

The site at Seabrook Orchards near Exeter has CoMoUK’s highest standard of accreditation for a new development and is only the second such facility to be officially recognised by the charity.

Mobility hubs bring together shared, public and active travel modes, along with community facilities, and redesign and reallocate space away from the private car.

The Seabrook Orchards facility was launched by not-for-profit social enterprise Co Cars in May and is powered by 100% renewable energy. It features a brand-new electric shared Co Car, Co Bikes e-bikes and a docking station. There is a dedicated charger for the Co Car plus a public charger.

Richard Dilks, chief executive of CoMoUK, said: “Mobility hubs are exciting ways to boost sustainable transport, improve public health and save people money. The combination of the cost-of-living and climate crises make it more important than ever to properly manage space for shared, active and public transport as an alternative to private car use.”

Nic Eversett, managing director of Co Cars, said:“It’s an honour to receive this accreditation for Seabrook Orchards. It’s been fantastic to see residents embrace the services it offers. We look forward to launching more in the years to come.”