The shared micromobility trial across Northamptonshire currently being operated by Voi has been extended until November 2022.
The announcement was welcomed by Voi as well as the West and North Northamptonshire Councils, all of which have worked closely to support the introduction of e-scooter and e-bike hire schemes in the area.
Northampton was the first city in the UK to host a Voi e-scooter trial and has since expanded to towns such as Corby, Rushden and Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough and Kettering, with e-bikes also now available in Kettering.
In that time, overall ridership has reached nearly 1.6 million with more than 2.3 million miles covered in total.
This equates to an estimated 350 tonnes of CO2 emissions that have been prevented from entering the atmosphere as e-bikes and e-scooter riders have helped replace around 760,000 short car journeys across the region.
In addition, Voi research shows that nearly 40% of shared e-scooter riders are leaving their cars behind for the daily commute.
“It has been such an exciting year working with West and North Northamptonshire Councils and we are delighted to have been given more time to build our vision of a cleaner, greener future for living,” said Jack Samler, Voi General Manager for UK and Ireland.
“Over the next six months it’s critical we build on our success to show how micromobility is not only safe, convenient and sustainable, but can truly shape the way we live and get around. The extension is a vote of confidence in our ability to deliver a service for all, and we’ll continue to work with our riders, local community and key stakeholders, such as the police, to ensure micromobility is at the heart of Northamptonshire.
“This trial extension will be invaluable and can only help to strengthen an already proactive and prodigious collaboration. We are delighted to be continuing our Northamptonshire Voi-age.”
For more information, see the following testimonial videos from Northamptonshire riders Chante, Clive, and Luke.