Rethinking Mobility – How e-scooters can keep Westminster Moving
04 September, 2020
By Richard Corbett, UK GM, Voi Technology
As a seat of government, commercial powerhouse and tourist magnet the City of Westminster has traditionally been reliant on efficient public transport to bring in an average of one million visitors per day and keep them moving once within the council boundaries.
But even as London edges back towards some kind of normality after the lockdown, very few people are travelling into the heart of the capital by tube or by bus.
New transport modes have taken off, however, with a tenfold rise in cycle journeys across the capital in May. Now, after the Government fast-forwarded e-scooter trials, electric scooters will provide another new transport mode for those heading to the centre of the city.
VOI is a Swedish company that operates e-scooter sharing services in more than 45 European cities, including Stockholm, Berlin, Milan and Marseille. Having won licences to provide services across the West Midlands region, and in Cambridge, Peterborough and Northampton, we are also bidding to roll out e-scooters in Westminster.
Our experience in Europe indicates that e-scooters can play an important role in migrating people out of cars and onto a clean sustainable alternative. They are ideal for short point-to-point journeys and can also be used in conjunction with conventional public transport to cut journey times.
Our e-scooters have been built with sustainability in mind. They have carbon emissions of just 35g/km and we use swappable batteries and electric-powered cargo bikes for our operations to keep emissions to a minimum. Our company’s operations have been fully carbon neutral since January.
Safety is our number one priority. We operate an online traffic school, #RideLikeVoila and have trained 500,000 riders since it launched. We will work closely with councils to minimise clutter and consult with vulnerable groups, to make sure older people or the disabled are not endangered.
When we partner with any authority, we invest in its community and we’re committed to doing this in Westminster too. Many of our partnerships are with transport operators, like SBB in Switzerland and LNER, the UK rail operator, because transport is always a collaboration. We will also create skilled jobs in the borough.
We’re looking forward to doing our bit to support the sustainable transport revolution in Westminster. This is an opportunity for Westminster to be in the vanguard of a transport revolution.
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