Micromobility operator Dott has reported a change in habits from its riders, as the energy crisis impacts people’s decisions in how they travel.
More than one-third (36%) of its riders are using shared e-scooters and e-bikes more as a result of the energy crisis, rising to nearly half (49%) of those over 55.
Over two-thirds (69%) of those who previously travelled by car, ride-hailing or taxi have reduced their use of those methods. 41% of Dott users report using bikes (shared or private) more to move around their city since starting to use Dott.
The majority of Dott riders (63%), connect their Dott ride with public transport, particularly those aged between 18-24 (77%).
Commuting trips are the most popular reason for use, with 50% of riders using Dott vehicles to reach work or school, and nearly 61% to reach a private residence. Over one-third (34%) of riders are now women, an increase of 48% since 2020.
Henri Moissinac, co-founder and CEO, Dott, said: “Our shared e-scooters and e-bikes can help lower the cost of travel, whether for a whole journey or combined with public transport for longer trips.
“Charged by green energy, and with our operations relying on cargo bikes and e-vans, our fleet of vehicles provide efficient, environmentally friendly and affordable travel, at a time when fuel costs are putting people’s finances under pressure.”
Quality of infrastructure remains a barrier for using shared e-scooters and e-bikes more. The majority of users (65%) say that better road infrastructure would make riding Dott’s vehicles feel safer, rising to nearly three-quarters (74%) of women riders.
With fuel prices likely to remain under pressure, Dott’s experience in major cities across Europe shows that the most successful e-scooter and e-bike services include a consistent experience across the city, high density of parking spots, limited no-go and slow zones and high-quality infrastructure such as segregated cycle lanes.