London’s Sound Investment for Safer Streets

Santander’s bike hire figures in London reached record levels in 2021 and the company is working with Transport for London to introduce e-bikes to the service.

London, UK Transport for London (TfL) is supporting the city’s e-scooter operators to develop a ‘universal sound’ to help improve safety, particularly for people with impaired vision. Operators Dott, Lime and TIER have announced plans to collaborate and partner with University College London’s (UCL) world-leading research facility PEARL to develop a ‘universal sound’ to identify…

Scooter Trials Underway in Victoria

Neuron Mobility was selected to operate the trials in both metropolitan and regional Victoria, with Lime also operating scooters in the Melbourne inner city.

Melbourne, Victoria e-Scooter hire trials were launched in Victoria on February 1st, as a State Government initiative to assess the suitability of scooters as a transport option in the long-term. Lime and Neuron Mobility were selected to operate the 12-month trial in the inner-city council areas of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip, and are rolling…

Standardised Swappable Batteries at Heart of Lime Gen4 Bikes

San Francisco, California, US A global leader in shared micromobility services, Lime, has launched its Gen4 e-bike, featuring a new swappable battery that is also compatible with the company’s e-scooters. Lime CEO Wayne Ting said the standardised, interchangeable battery was the greatest advancement in the new bikes, which were officially launched in Washington DC on…

2022 a Year of Change

The legalisation of rental scooters has occurred in all States except NSW — with a NSW trial a possibility later in 2022. Image: Zipidi

Sydney, NSW 2022 promises to be the most significant year in Australia’s micromobility development. The legalisation of rental scooters has occurred in all States except NSW — with a NSW trial a possibility later in 2022. Privately-owned electric personal mobility devices were approved for public use in Tasmania and WA in late 2021, adding to…

Paris Scooter Speeds Reduced to Address Accidents

The City of Paris initially reduced speed limits for e-scooters at a dozen locations with high levels of pedestrian traffic but has now extended the speed crackdown to virtually all of the city.

Paris, France Share scooters in Paris are being restricted to 10 km/h for all but a few streets, in response to a large number of pedestrian injuries involving electric scooters. Paris has been an important market for scooter sharing companies and the three that received permits to operate in the city have done extremely well…

Unprecedented Investment Continues to Pour In

Tier Scooters

Wollongong NSW There has never been a time when the money tap has been flowing so freely into the bicycle and micromobility sector. Companies that are only a few years old are raising hundreds of millions of dollars, giving them notional market values measured in the billions. Rad Power USA based e-bike brand Rad Power…

Lime Eases Financial Squeeze for Low-Income Customers

Lime ebikes

Long-standing micromobility share scheme operator Lime last month launched two social equity programs in Australian cities – a discounted ride program for Health Care Card holders and a free-ride initiative to encourage COVID vaccinations.

London Doubles E-Scooter Trial – With Strict Requirements

Man and woman riding Dott eScooters in London

Scooter share companies are in competition for rights to operate in various cities around the world. But no licences are more coveted and more potentially lucrative than those of major cities that combine population density, scale, wealth and tourism, such as London, Paris and New York.

Bird Going Public at $3 Billion Valuation

Bird e-scooters

New York City, New York, USA Micromobility company Bird, announced Wednesday 12th May 2021 it plans to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. It will merge with Switchback II, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in a transaction expected to value the company at US$2.3 billion (A$3 billion) In a blog post announcing…

Another Bike Share Scheme Launches in New York City

New York City, New York, USA  In New York City, the dominant micromobility option is Citi Bike, the official bike-sharing system of the city. Other transit alternatives aren’t as easy to come by, thanks to complex permit processes for companies looking to station vehicles in public spaces.   E-scooter companies Bird, Lime, and Veo, for instance, will launch…