Energy crisis sends e-scooter and e-bike use higher

Micromobility operator Dott has reported a change in habits from its e-scooter and e-bike riders as the energy crisis impacts people’s decisions in how they travel.

More than one third (36%) of its riders are using them more as a result of the energy crisis, rising to nearly half (49%) of those over 55. 

The rise in usage is driven by people cutting down their car use. Over two thirds (69%) of those who previously travelled by car, ride-hailing or taxi have reduced their use of those energy heavy methods. 

It’s not just shared micromobility services being used more due to high fuel costs. Nearly half (41%) of Dott users report using bikes (shared or private) more to move around their city since starting to use Dott. 

Shared mobility is replacing car trips in collaboration with public transport, helping provide a lower cost and more environmentally friendly alternative for longer trips. The majority of Dott riders (63%), connect their Dott ride with public transport, particularly those aged between 18-24 (77%).  

Commuting trips are the most popular reason for use, with half (50%) of riders using Dott vehicles to reach work or school, and nearly two thirds (61%) to reach a private residence. Over one third (34%) of riders are now women, an increase of 48% since 2020.2 

Henri Moissinac, Co-Founder and CEO, Dott, said: “Our shared e-scooters and e-bikes can help lower the cost of travel, whether for a whole journey or combined with public transport for longer trips. Charged by green energy, and with our operations relying on cargo bikes and e-vans, our fleet of vehicles provide efficient, environmentally friendly and affordable travel, at a time when fuel costs are putting people’s finances under pressure.”

Quality of infrastructure remains a barrier for using shared e-scooters and e-bikes more. The majority of users (65%) say that better road infrastructure would make riding Dott’s vehicles feel safer, rising to nearly three quarters (74%) of women riders. 

Image courtesy of Dott.

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