Shared Micro-Mobility: E-Scooters Crowd the Streets of the United Kingdom

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By Harriet Sumnall | 4Q 2020 | IN-5950


The United Kingdom Embraces the Shared E-Scooter with Open Streets


Like cities globally, the United Kingdom’s cities are now victim to the littering of e-scooters around the streets. There have been several articles since the increased popularity of shared e-scooters reporting the over-crowded streets of Paris, due to the dumping of the dockless shared vehicles. Within the United Kingdom, it was originally planned that a handful of major cities would participate in the trials since the legalization of the vehicle, though for context, only shared e-scooters are legal within the United Kingdom, privately owned e-scooters are not.

Though the initial plan was for major cities to participate in trials, those are now taking place throughout the country, including in small towns and counties that are not as well-known as cities like London, Manchester, and Liverpool, for example. Bird, Voi, and Neuron Mobility are three service operators either deploying or planning to deploy their scooters within the United Kingdom. Voi offers its services in Birmingham, Coventry, and the county of Northamptonshire. Bird is solely …

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