VOI E-SCOOTER TRIAL ARRIVES IN CORBY TO PROVIDE AN OUTDOOR AND SOCIALLY DISTANCED MODE OF TRANSPORT AND AN ALTERNATIVE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND CAR SHARING
Voi to offer NHS staff and Emergency Service workers free rides during the current COVID restrictions
Northamptonshire, 25th February 2021 - From today, Corby residents will be able to hire e-scooters to commute in a socially distanced manner. With COVID cases still prevalent in town, e-scooters offer a safe and green alternative to public transport and car-sharing.
Initially, there will be 50 scooters available to rent in Corby, from 04am to 11pm. To ride a scooter, users need to be 18 years old and over, are required to download the Voi app, available for free on Apple App Store or Google Play, and will have to present a valid driving license.
The Voi e-scooters will provide access to a number of key employment areas in the town, including the Earlstrees, Weldon North and Willowbrook industrial estates, as well as the train station and Corby Community Hospital. These areas were specifically created to support necessary transport to key employment areas.
It costs £1 to unlock the scooter and then £0.20 per minute of usage. Voi also offers 24-hour (at £10) and 30-day (at £40) subscriptions, allowing users to take an unlimited number of rides at a fixed rate. Voi also offers discounts for students, those on low income and is currently offering free rides for NHS and Emergency Service workers.
Voi will be providing information and introductory offers that employers in the operating area can extend to their employees for ride credits. The aim is to encourage the use of e-scooters and avoid the need for car sharing.
E-scooters are a relatively new mode of transport, and introducing them safely is a top priority for Voi and the local authorities. Voi’s operations exceed the safety requirements required by the Government. For instance, Voi e-scooter speeds will be capped at 10 miles per hour. The company also worked closely with the local authorities to create geofenced areas, including slow riding, no riding, and incentivised parking areas, to ensure riders and other road users’ safety. Private e-scooters remain illegal, except on private land.
Regulations allow shared e-scooters to use the same road spaces as bikes, including cycle lanes. A trial e-scooter may be used on the road (except motorways) and in cycle lanes within the approved trial geographical area unless otherwise authorised by the local area and as signposted to users in the app. Riding on pavements is strictly prohibited.
Voi supports rider education by offering incentives and encouraging riders to take Voi’s accredited e-scooter digital traffic school, RideLikeVoila, which has trained over half a million users, and providing regular in-app safety information to its users. Riders are also encouraged to wear helmets. Voi recently launched the ‘helmet selfie’, which rewards users with riding credits whenever they wear a helmet.
Voi is also committed to upholding the council’s health and safety policy by providing riders with safety and COVID-19 information and advice via its app and other educational campaigns. In addition, Voi’s e-scooters are cleaned and disinfected regularly to ensure that they cannot become a source of infection. The scooter handlebars have a special material that inhibits viruses and bacteria’s transmission, thus offering antibacterial, bactericidal and antiviral protection. Voi also encourages its users to use hand sanitiser and wear gloves.
During the trial, Voi will continue to work closely with the local authorities and the local police force to ensure the riders and other road users’ safety is upheld. Voi will also continue to listen and engage with vulnerable groups, to make sure the overall community has a positive experience while this convenient and accessible new mode of transport is trialled.
Jason Smithers, Cabinet Member for Highways and Place for Northamptonshire County Council said: “We’re thrilled to be extending the e-scooter programme to include Corby. The trials in Northampton and Kettering are already providing a real boost in improving access to greener, more sustainable and affordable transport. For this reason, we’re confident the e-scooters will prove to be just as popular in Corby and that our residents will reap the benefits of this alternative mode of travel.
“Voi has excelled in bringing these schemes to life across Northamptonshire and we’re very pleased to continue working with them to deliver major transformation in our county.
“Of course, rider safety is our number one concern and, with this in mind, we ask that users adhere to the new lockdown rules from central government, using the e-scooters only for essential journeys at the present time.”
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
“At a time when Covid-19 rates are high in Corby, I welcome this initiative to get those who cannot work from home to their workplace safely. It is important that we continue to work together in order to get the rates down and avoiding car sharing and using public transport is one way to do this. If you are unable to drive a car or have been relying on buses to get to and from work, I would urge you to consider this new, modern way of travelling.”
Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health at Northamptonshire County Council said: “This is a really exciting development that will help to provide an alternative to public transport and car sharing in Corby. I have said throughout the pandemic that where possible, it is safer to travel alone, as car sharing and using public transport can pose a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission than travelling alone.
This is particularly significant at the present time, because it gives us another safe form of travel that is accessible to more people in an area that is currently facing a high number of cases. The launch of e-scooters in the town centre will give local residents another option for safe travel and will help with social distancing and keeping our Corby residents safe.”
Richard Corbett, Regional General Manager of UK, Ireland and Benelux for Voi, said:
“Following our successful launch in Northampton and Kettering, where combined we have seen over 192,500 rides so far, we are overjoyed to see the trial expanding into Corby.
Voi e-scooters play an essential role in getting people, particularly key workers, to move around safely while COVID is prevalent. E-scooters can easily be integrated with public transport, replacing short car journeys, ultimately creating safer and healthier places to live and work.”
Note to editors:
The following key rules apply for the e-scooter trials:
- Privately owned e-scooters remain illegal to use on roads, pavements, parks and any other areas. The only place that privately-owned e-scooters can legally be used is on private land with the permission of the landowner.
- Only e-scooters that are hired or leased through the Kettering trial can be used legally on roads, cycle lanes or cycle tracks.
- E-scooters cannot be used on pavements or parked in a way that disrupts pedestrians or causes nuisance.
- E-scooters are classed as motorised vehicles, and riders of authorised trial e-scooters must hold a full or provisional driving licence.
- In line with the Department for Transport’s guidance, we recommend wearing a cycle helmet when using an e-scooter.
The trial will introduce several safety measures which exceed the UK government’s requirements, including:
- Initially, scooters will not exceed 10mph and will be slower in some areas, until people get used to them.
- Using geofencing technology, there will be no-ride zones and slow-speed zones for some areas.
- When a user travels out of the operational zone, they will be blocked, and the e-scooter will slow and stop.
- All e-scooters will have clear number plates to help identify riders.
- To ride a scooter, users need to be 18 years old and above and provide a driving licence - identity check will be done.
- Voi ambassadors will be present on the streets to enforce safe behaviour.
- Ambassadors will work with local Police to restrict or ban non-compliant users.
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Founded in August 2018, Voi is a Swedish micro-mobility company offering electric scooter sharing in partnership with cities and local communities. We believe e-scooters can play a central role in changing how people move in our cities in the future. And we want to make sure that the transformation happens the right way - through real innovative technology, open and transparent dialogue with cities and Governments and by adapting our products to local needs. Jump on a scooter whenever and ride wherever in the city in just minutes - completely carbon-neutral. Voi has been a carbon-neutral company since January 2020 and has adopted the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guiding framework, and has also set a clear agenda for reducing and offsetting emissions.
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