Voi has relaunched its e-bikes in Peterborough after suspending services due to vandalism.
Swedish micromobility firm Voi launched in the city in January 2021, but was forced to halt its e-bike rentals there in October due to “unprecedented acts of vandalism.”
Now following the introduction of upgraded e-security features on its bikes, Voi has re-launched with 40 bikes available to rent 24 hours a day.
Matthew Pencharz, UK’s head of public policy at Voi, said: “We’re delighted to be back on the streets of Peterborough as we know our riders have missed using the scheme.
“We’re asking riders to Voi again and enjoy e-bikes as an active, affordable and convenient way to get around town – not to mention the fact that it’s one of the best ways to reduce harmful emissions as well as being a great alternative to the car.
“As a company, we’ve been working hard to enhance the security of our e-bikes, and we are committed to deploying more staff on the ground to monitor the scheme, whilst continuing to work closely with the local police force. However, ultimately we rely on people’s good behaviour and care for a shared service that brings significant benefits to the local community.
“This relaunch is a new beginning and we are determined to deliver a consistent, reliable service for our riders, because Voi is committed to changing the places we live for the better.”
Alongside new security features, Voi staff will now be monitoring services on the ground to try to combat the vandalism.
To mark the re-launch, the brand is also giving away 50% off daily passes to all riders, as well as free helmets.
Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson: “Having e-bikes back in Peterborough is fantastic news for the city.
“Peterborough residents have very much missed the convenience and enjoyment that the trial has brought to their daily journeys, and so I am very glad to see them back with enhanced security.
“The e-bikes give people that extra push that we all sometimes need to move more and drive less. Also, as an ultra-low emission travel alternative to the car, they are an easy way to decrease your carbon footprint.
“The Combined Authority is committed to supporting transport schemes that have public health, safety and environment at their core. E-bikes are a forward-thinking answer to reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality in city centres.”