Infrastructure Briefs: UK Bans Toyota Advertisement on Environmental Grounds

A screenshot of an advertisement with utes driving and the word BANNED printed in red

UK Bans Toyota Hilux Advertisement Toyota was running an advertising campaign in the UK that was like so many that we’ve all seen before. An ‘army’ of Toyota Hilux pickup trucks (or utes as we might call them here) were shown careening through the wilderness while a voiceover describes the scene as “one of nature’s…

Paris Votes to Ban E-Scooter Share Services

Paris, France A referendum of residents in Paris, once a pioneer of e-scooter share services, has voted overwhelmingly to ban them from the city. More than 89% of participating residents voted for the end of self-service scooters in Paris, which was an early adopter of scooter share services when it introduced them in 2018. Three…

Paris Referendum to Consider Scooter Ban

An e-scooter in Paris

Paris, France A referendum of Paris residents in April will vote on a proposal to ben e-scooter share services in the French capital. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has indicated she supports banning e-scooters from Paris streets, despite being a globally-recognised champion for cycling commuting and active transport. She said safety concerns and managing e-scooter parking…

Spin Purchase Lifts TIER to World Leader

TIER Mobility now has a fleet of around 300,000 scooters, e-bikes and mopeds.

Berlin, Germany Berlin company TIER Mobility has become the world’s largest multimodal micromobility operator, following its purchase of Ford-owned micromobility operator Spin. TIER now operates more vehicles and in more cities than any other operator, after this month’s acquisition boosted TIER’s global footprint by 106 communities in North America. It was TIER’s third acquisition in…

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…

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…

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.