Electric micro vehicles, such as e-scooters and e-bikes, are poised to transform urban mobility in the UK. With mental health challenges prevailing post-pandemic, can the high uptake of e-scooters by Gen Z reveal what young people value in their modes of transport as well as their lives in general?
Lucy Yu is a senior adviser to Voi Technology – one of the UK's leading e-scooter operators with more than 15 cities participating in trials – covering global policy and research. She’s also CEO at the Centre for Net Zero backed by Octopus Energy. Her work focuses on future mobility, artificial intelligence, and the social impact of disruptive technology.
Dr. Kiron Chatterjee is associate professor in travel behaviour at the Centre for Transport & Society at UWE Bristol. His research looks at the way in which people travel and how this is influenced by the transport system and social, economic, and technological change.
Camilla Brown is a London-based writer and editor, with essays on arts and culture published online and in print by organisations and journals. Her background is diverse, ranging from working with artists and tech startups, to collaborating with anarchist bookshops and community festivals.
E-scooter brand Voi has teamed up with authentication company Onfido to verify the age and identity of riders across the UK. While many people have concerns about handing over their data to faceless companies, there’s a growing apathy as sharing personal info becomes commonplace.
As the crowded e-scooter micromobility sector continues to generate more attention, Dott is hoping to become the eco-conscious European rider's brand of choice. With consumer options soaring, Dott is aiming to carve out a space in the market by appealing to people’s sustainability demands.
Slick, fast, and undeniably urban chic, VanMoof e-bikes boast enough technical features to rival even the most city-friendly commuter car. With global initiatives to encourage sustainable commutes in the post-pandemic era, electric bicycles could be the way to reclaim our cities from cars for good.
London is overflowing with two- and four-wheeled shared transport options – from Uber to Bolt to Lime – all of which respond to a desire to get around in an efficient, inexpensive, and eco-conscious ways. But when and why do people choose to hop on a bike or hail a cab rather than take the Tube?