Bristol’s Voi e-scooter rental scheme is set to expand to cover the entire city.
Riders in Bristol and South Gloucestershire have racked up almost 7m miles travelled since the trial started in 2020 – more than any other Voi city.
Now the operating area will expand to parts in the north west and south of Bristol. The first phase started on 7 June with the second phase due to commence in July.
This means almost half a million people will soon have access to Voi’s e-scooters, with its operating area increasing by over a third to nearly 60 sq m (150 sq km) in total.
Councillor Don Alexander, Cabinet Member for Transport, said this will provide residents with “more sustainable travel choices” and help “work towards cleaner air, and less congestion and pollution while unlocking barriers to inclusive economic growth.
“There are some elements of the trial that could be improved, and the recent extension of the trial to November and this geographical expansion to the entire city will give the opportunity to get more data and test possible solutions.”
This month, the parts of Bristol getting Voi e-scooters are Avonmouth, Henbury and Southmead, which will then expand to areas in south Bristol, including Bishopsworth, Knowle and Brislington in July.
Voi’s Senior Public Policy Manager for UK and Ireland Sam Pooke said he was “delighted” with Bristol City Council’s decision, describing it as “a vote of confidence.”