The Belgian city of Antwerp has extended the Bird shared e-scooter tender until 2024, three years after the operator launched the scheme.
As one of the most micromobility-friendly cities in Europe, Antwerp is investing hundreds of millions of Euros in new bikes lanes and smart traffic lights, with shared e-scooter schemes seemingly in the long-term plans of local authorities.
Lime also began operating a shared e-scooter scheme in the city back in 2018 and has plans to expand its service zone in the coming months.
Since arriving in Antwerp, Bird has integrated with local Mobility-as-a-Service platforms Skipr and Tranzer, and the firm estimates that its riders in the city can prevent 700 metric tonnes of CO2 from being emitted by 2024.
“New mobility options like Bird e-scooters and well-established systems such as trains, trams, buses and water-buses are now staples of a modern, healthy and thriving transportation ecosystem,” said Antwerp Deputy Mayor Koen Kennis.
“It’s essential that cities and operators work together to ensure that these robust networks are accepted by and easily accessible to the broad public.”