Transport for London and London Councils have declared Dot, Lime and Tier Mobility as the winners of their prized e-scooter pilot. Last month’s suspicion based on job postings by companies.
Last year, the government legalized e-scooter rental trials by local authorities, although private e-scooter rides are still illegal. The legislation prompted the launch of the open and competitive procurement process of TFL and London Council for viable operators. The pilot, which will run for 12 months, will start from 7 June in some cities in London, Canary Wharf and City of London. According to TfL, more neighborhoods are expected to be added as the year progresses. Lambeth and Southwark are also seeking participation.
Rides can only begin and end in participating neighborhoods, which will designate parking bays for scooters that are implemented by the geofencing capabilities of operators. However, riders will be able to move freely to these towns and “ride-through areas”, which until now only appear to be Tower Hamlet. 60 to 150 e-scooters will be available for rent in each participating city. TFL will gradually allow scooters to be added to operators who demonstrate strong compliance. Those who do not comply can reduce their scooter numbers.
Safety and data sharing are the main requirements for participating scooter companies. TfL hopes to be able to use data shared by operators to help London and the United Kingdom make future policy on e-scooters, and as a viable alternative to a permanent recovery from the London pandemic Will investigate them. The Mayor of London aims to become a Zero Carbon City by 2030, Such a green form of mobility that reduces dependence on ICE vehicles is essential.
Helen Sharp, TFL’s e-scooter trial lead, said, “We are making every effort to safely and permanently recover London from the coronavirus epidemic and it is clear that an innovative, green e-scooter car trip Can serve as an alternative. ” a statement. “This new test will provide the data and insights we need to determine what role e-scooters can play in our strategy for a greener and healthier future for London.”
TfL outlined the following safety requirements for scooters:
- Low maximum speed of 12.5mph;
- Front and rear lights of vehicles which are always on during any rental;
- Audible warning systems that can be used without adjusting the grip of the rider’s handlebar;
- The ‘first-ride policy’ requires new users to take an e-learning security course;
- Rules against riding on the sidewalk.
Like all governing municipal bodies, road dislocation has special significance for London. In addition to strict geofencing rules, there will also be mandatory response times for operators in cases where vehicles are improperly parked, damaged, or obstructed, according to TFL.
London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman said, “The safety of those using e-scooters, as well as other road users and pedestrians, is absolutely paramount, so it is important that they are allowed to use this to ensure high standards Be rigorously tried. ” in a statement.
Dot, Lime and Tier will set their rent prices, but they will need to be conscious of the needs of essential workers and low-income people by giving them reasonable discounts. Lime already offers its Lime Access program in operating cities, offering public assistance and a 50% discount on rides to workers most affected by the epidemic.
Following Lime’s recent victories in New York and Paris, the company, which can be found in Sling Rides for electric scooters, bikes and mopeds in more than 130 cities across Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Its big city dominance is only cementing. With its ongoing e-bike operations in London, the company was a shoe-in.
Berlin-based Tier Mobility, which also operates in Paris, is the second heaviest hitter. Its recent expansion in Krakow, Poland marked its 100th city, and the company plans to add adventure to Europe, the Middle East and new markets, as well as add e-bikes to its fleet.
In addition to the e-scooter, Tier will bring its rider-swappable battery business to London, allowing riders to exchange batteries at charging stations hosted at local businesses in London. This will allow riders to earn free trips in the process, bringing increased footfall to businesses trying to overcome the epidemic. Additionally, this congested approach has the potential to reduce congestion related to collection and transportation for charging e-scooters.
As seems to be the case with these metropolitan scooter deals, there is always a promising underdog. In the case of London, that is Dot in Amsterdam, Which recently raised $ 85 million in a series b, And operates in about 20 cities in Europe. London will be the first city of Dot in Britain
This article has been updated to include other countries in which Lime operates.