Voi is celebrating its first anniversary of launching in Liverpool last October.
The trial scheme, which is delivered in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Liverpool City Council, has proven to be ‘one of the most popular and successful in Europe’. In recognition of this, the e-scooter trial is being extended until March 2022.
Since October 2020, Liverpool’s residents and visitors have covered nearly 2.3 million miles on over 1.4 million rides on e-scooters, with one in four riders using them to get to work, and the rest going to the gym, shopping or meeting up with friends. Since the trial began, an estimated 600,000 short car journeys have been replaced for trips around the city by people using Voi e-scooters, reducing over 328 tonnes of C02 eq. from being released into the atmosphere.
Jack Samler, general manager at Voi UK and Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating our first anniversary in Liverpool, and would like to thank our riders, colleagues and the local authorities for their support in making e-scooters a success in the region.
“We’ve helped thousands of people in the city make more environmentally-friendly choices by working closely with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and communities to embrace e-scooters as part of everyday life. We look forward to continuing our journey with Liverpool in creating healthier places to live.”
Councillor Dan Barrington, cabinet member for climate change and environment at Liverpool City Council, said: “I am pleased that the scheme is continuing to evolve, and that we have further opportunity to help shape the e-scooter experience, not just in Liverpool, but internationally too.
“My focus remains ensuring the safety for riders, other road users and pedestrians in Liverpool, and we will continue to work closely with Voi and partners at the Combined Authority to respond to any concerns and adapt the scheme if required.
“The principles of equality and inclusion, social value, and responding to the climate emergency is part of our triple-lock approach to all decision making, so improving access to sustainable and affordable travel for residents and visitors to Liverpool was key to us extending this trial.”