New York has upgraded 250 of its e-scooters with smaller decks to encourage single riders, and released a number of Tier electric bikes now ready for hire across the city.
Last year, Tier launched quite a few for-hire e-scooters as a part of a trial that was operating under environmentally-friendly transport Government plans. Now, in 2021, the e-scooter sharing app has added a new variation of electric vehicle to its fleet, in the form of 50 electric Tier bikes!
Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of York City Council and Executive Member for Transport, expressed that his hope for this project is for it to introduce more individuals to the active use of green transport.
“This trial is a great opportunity to explore how e-bikes can add to the mix of sustainable transport options in York, whilst helping to improve air quality and expand our electric vehicle offer.” He says, adding, “We are working closely with Tier to ensure that this new mode of sustainable travel fits the needs of our residents and visitors as we work together to create a greener, cleaner city. Availability of e-bikes for hire and the new scooter design will help to make this service even more accessible for a wider range of users.”
The York Press notes that part of the electric scooters’ upgrade includes improved identification plates that have been fitted onto the vehicles to help people report irresponsible riders, in the case of any. Thus far, Tier’s scooters are supported by almost 40 marked parking areas, and the company’s scooters have been utilized by over 6,500 riders since the launch of their trial.
“E-bikes and e-scooters open up new opportunities for local residents and visitors to get around the city while also helping to mitigate climate change and congestion.” Says Rachael Maskell, York Central Member of Parliament.
Julian Sturdy, fellow MP for York Outer adds, “As they expand their fleet and coverage of our city, Tier is helping to improve connectivity across York and offering residents more choice about how they travel.”
Maintaining order on York streets
At present, the York Government is releasing a survey for the Tier app’s users to answer, in order to keep track of residents’ experiences with the company’s services.
Because of the city’s boost of electric public transport, both electric bikes and scooters are strictly not allowed to be ridden on the pedestrianized streets of York, but are absolutely free for usage on designated cycle paths and roads. E-scooters that are privately owned, however, remain illegal for riding on public land.
The work that Tier and the York Government have been teaming up to accomplish in terms of promoting organized, convenient, and environmentally-conscious public transportation is hopefully something that more areas across the globe will be able to pick up on in the coming years. Those anticipating the eventual shift to normalized electric transport can prepare themselves right now with a Segway Ninebot Electric Dirt Bike Motocross or a TOXOZERS Adult Citycoco 60v 1000W Fat Tire Scooter.