Dott reports change in travel habits from riders as energy crisis impacts decisions

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.

Read more: New Bike is Best research reveals many British motorists feel trapped in car ownership

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.

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