Micromobility provider Dott has recorded a surge in demand for its services during car free days in Brussels and Paris as part of EU Mobility Week.
The European Commission’s EU Mobility Week is a campaign designed to promote behavioural change in favour of active mobility, public transport, and other clean transport solutions.
Both cities held car free days on Sunday 18 September to raise awareness of alternative transport choices.
Dott found that residents and visitors turned to its e-scooters and e-bikes for an efficient and environmentally friendly way to get around their city without relying on a car.
In Brussels, 33,000 rides took place, a 78% increase on the previous week.
More than 17,000 riders travelled a total of over 121,000km, which is equivalent to more than three times around the globe. The average ride distance was 4km and lasted 18 minutes. More than half (53%) of users were using a pass to save money, and the amount of new riders to Dott’s service was up 373% on the previous week.
On the same day in Paris, more than 26,000 rides took place, up 8% on the previous week. Over 20,000 unique riders travelled a total of more than 91,000km, while the average ride distance was 3.5km and lasted 16 minutes. The amount of new riders was up 28% on the previous week.
Peak travel times in both cities were between 15:00 and 17:00.
“When cars are removed from our city centres, people feel more confident to try new types of transport,” Dott’s Co-Founder and COO Maxim Romain told Zag Daily.
“Car free days in Paris and Brussels led to a surge in use of our vehicles as the streets were reclaimed from the congestion and pollution of cars. We hope the initiative encourages more people to use their cars less on a regular basis.”
To mark the start of EU Mobility Week on 16 September, Dott produced a set of visuals to show how its micromobility vehicles can help transform cities into spaces that focus on people rather than cars.