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E-Scooters – A creative solution to Camden’s congestion problems

04 September, 2020

By Richard Corbett, UK GM, Voi Technology

FROM the counter-cultural fashion stalls of Camden Lock to the restaurants and bars of Kings Cross, Camden is London’s creative heart.

And in common with the boroughs that surround it, Camden is pursuing some creative solutions to an issue affecting the whole of London – how to curb emissions and congestion caused by high volumes of traffic on urban streets.

Under its Clean Air Action Plan, Camden is committed to encouraging more use of sustainable modes of transport, such as walking and cycling.

It also wants to relieve pressure on public transport at a time when social distancing is essential.

And in the very near future, Camden’s cyclists should be joined by e-scooter riders.

VOI is a Swedish company that operates e-scooter sharing in more than 45 European cities, including Stockholm, Berlin, Milan, Zurich and Marseille. Having won licenses to provide services in Cambridge, Peterborough and Northampton, Voi is bidding to operate a trial in Camden.

Safety is our number one priority.

We operate an online traffic school, #RideLikeVoila and have trained 500,000 riders since it launched.

We will work closely with councils to minimise clutter and consult with vulnerable groups, to make sure older people or the disabled are not endangered.

When we partner with any authority, we invest in its community and we’re committed to doing this in Westminster too.

Many of our partnerships are with transport operators, like SBB in Switzerland and LNER, the UK rail operator, because transport is always a collaboration.

We will also create skilled jobs in the borough. Our e-scooters have been built with sustainability in mind.

They have carbon emissions of just 35g/km and we use swappable batteries and electric-powered cargo bikes for our operations to keep emissions to a minimum.

Our company’s operations have been fully carbon neutral since January.

We’re looking forward to doing our bit to support the sustainable transport revolution in Camden and help improve air quality, cut congestion and bring a wealth of opportunities and access to the entire community.

For more information about Voi Scooters log onto www.voiscooters.com

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