Voi e-scooters are now available to hire in Bath and Bristol as part of a trial led by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).
The 12-month trial will create over 60 jobs in the region. Initially, there will be 100 Voi scooters available in Bristol and 50 available to hire in Bath with more set to be introduced over time. E-scooters will be available to unlock for £1 and cost 20p per minute. There are also a variety of subscriptions available, as well as discounted passes for students, key workers, and those on low-incomes.
Fredrik Hjelm, co-founder and CEO of Voi Technology, said: “We are excited to be bringing Voi’s coral scooters to Bath and Bristol, two modern cities at the forefront of culture, science and technology. As the pandemic continues, people are looking for alternative ways to go about their journeys and Voi’s scooters are a safe, low-carbon alternative to public transport and car journeys. We can’t wait to see how residents and visitors to these great cities enjoy using Voi e-scooters.”
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, added: “E-scooters are a great way to travel and will provide a low-emission option in Bristol, alongside our improvements to buses and walking and cycling routes across the city and plans for a mass transit system. These options are more important than ever during the pandemic with reduced capacity on public transport, and will contribute to a more sustainable and connected future for Bristol.
“We made proposals to the Government more than two years ago to trial e-scooters in Bristol and we are delighted that this is now happening. We welcome the investment and jobs that Voi are bringing to the city and we are working closely with them to ensure e-scooters are used responsibly and safely.”
WECA and Voi will continue to work closely with groups representing vulnerable road users – including the RNIB, Age UK and Disabilities Move UK to ensure the needs of vulnerable groups are carefully considered during the trial.