The companies want to provide alternative and convenient first- and last-mile options
Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solutions provider Moovit and Voi, a European urban mobility company, have announced a new partnership to roll Voi’s micromobility service into 16 UK cities.
Following deployments in Italy and France, the partnership expansion aims to offer UK locals more “alternative and convenient” first- and last-mile travel options.
Moovit’s mobility app will show users where Voi e-scooters and e-bikes are available nearby in 16 UK cities, including Northampton, Birmingham, Cambridge, Liverpool, Bristol, Oxford, Southampton.
Since the start of the pandemic, the reliance on bikes and e-scooters to get around has boomed. Moovit’s 2020 Global Public Transport report found that on average, more than one third of cyclists and scooter users (35 per cent) in the UK prefer to connect their rides with public transport for more efficient first and last segments of a journey. However, as more Covid restrictions are lifted, many commuters are returning to using private cars to connect with main transport hubs or driven directly to the office or school.
In a bid to help limit this, Moovit will show its users in real-time where a Voi scooter is available nearby, including how long it will take to walk there.
“Voi has been at the forefront of the successful e-scooter trials launched in July 2020 across the United Kingdom,” said Luke Redfern, Moovit’s UK partnerships manager.
“As Covid restrictions ease, there is the threat of private car usage returning to our towns and cities, and that’s why we are excited to partner with Voi. Whether it’s for the entire journey or just the last few hundred metres, offering people more sustainable forms of transport that can easily zip them around the city is key to getting more cars off the road.”
Voi’s offering can be found in in the following cities: Bath; Birmingham; Bristol; Cambridge; Corby; Coventry/University of Warwick; Kettering; Liverpool; Northampton; Oxford; Peterborough; Portsmouth; Rushden and Higham Ferrers; Sandwell; Southampton; and Wellingborough.
“Whether it’s for the entire journey or just the last few hundred metres, offering people more sustainable forms of transport that can easily zip them around the city is key to getting more cars off the road”
“This partnership with Moovit is in line with our vision to create cities made for living, free of pollution and congestion,” added Jack Samler, general manager at Voi UK and Ireland.
“By integrating our e-scooters and e-bikes with the public transport mix offered by Moovit, we can make it more accessible and attractive, encouraging even more people to replace short car journeys. We are seeing over 31 per cent increase in car replacement rates, and we expect this figure to increase over time as micromobility becomes ingrained in the daily habits of the UK population.”
Moovit’s mission is to simplify urban mobility all around the world, making getting around town via transport easier and additional multi-modal services more convenient. By combining information from public transport operators and authorities with live information from the user community, Moovit offers travellers a real-time picture, including the best route for the journey, service alerts, and get off notifications.
Founded in 2018, Voi is a Swedish urban mobility company offering micromobility sharing in partnership with cities and local communities across Europe. Headquartered in Stockholm, it operates in 60 cities across 11 countries.
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