Bolt has appointed an independent Micromobility Safety Committee to get expert analysis and recommendations on Bolt’s scooter and e-bike safety solutions.
The Committee, which consists of six mobility experts, met for the first time in September at Bolt’s headquarters in Tallinn and welcomed Bolt’s plans to launch distance-based pricing in Brussels as opposed to charging per time.
The current industry standard of charging riders for the duration of their trips can incentivise them to reach their destinations as quickly as possible, potentially leading to speeding and other risky riding behaviours like ignoring traffic lights.
Distance-based pricing is aimed at ensuring riders focus on riding safely. Bolt will roll out the new pricing solution in Brussels later this year to all riders.
Dmitri Pivovarov, VP for rentals at Bolt, said: “Scooter and e-bike safety is our top priority and we take the recommendations from our experts on the Bolt Micromobility Safety Committee very seriously. We have already committed to launching distance-based pricing in Brussels later this year.
“The Committee also is the next step of our Micromobility Safety Pledge, published this year, which committed to build new partnerships and utilise operational data more to ensure that both our customers and other road users are safe.”
In addition to launching distance-based pricing, the Committee also recommended that Bolt review its data-gathering to better assess the impact of micromobility on vulnerable groups, such as visually impaired people, to understand potential risks and develop solutions to tackle them.
Given that shared scooters and e-bikes are still relatively new solutions, the Committee also advised adopting data collection methods and aligning definitions of what constitutes an accident more closely with other transport types.
This will help operators and cities to better understand how micromobility can be implemented as safely as possible.
The Committee is chaired by María Seguí-Gómez, former director general for traffic at the Spanish interior ministry. The Committee is made up of five other mobility experts:
- Kurt Bodewig, deputy chair of the Committee, president of Deutsche Verkehrswacht and former German minister for transport, building, and urban development;
- Karin Hassner, transportation planner and road safety expert at WSP, a consultancy company;
- Adam Jędrzejewski, founder and CEO of the Mobile City Association in Poland;
- Chantelle Smith, national access and mobility manager at the National Council for the Blind of Ireland;
- George Yannis, professor in traffic and safety engineering at the National Technical University of Athens.
The Micromobility Safety Committee will provide Bolt with regular advice and recommendations on how to integrate scooters and e-bikes into cities’ existing transport networks in the safest possible way.