Dublin Bus has partnered with Voi to launch an innovative new pilot project.
From today, Dublin Bus employees will be able to access a special fleet of Voi e-bikes to enable them to travel between the eight depots which house the 1,000 bus fleet of Dublin Bus.
The new initiative, a pilot project to run for 12 months, will give Voi and Dublin Bus real-time insights into micromobility in the capital. It is part of a wider range of projects that Dublin Bus is pioneering to support sustainable transport, with the e-bike usage data set to provide invaluable insights to help Dublin Bus support customers in choosing how to journey on their first or last mile.
The pilot programme will include 20 Voi bikes and all bikes will be co-branded in the Dublin Bus and the Voi colour schemes. The bikes come equipped with all safety mechanisms and will be charged up and maintained at Dublin Bus depots across the city.
Ray Coyne, chief executive of Dublin Bus, said: “New technology is changing the way everything is done and transport services are no different. We’ve always prided ourselves on how we help Dublin thrive and this new technology is part of that and is also enabling new ways of doing things in Dublin Bus.
“We’ve been examining the area of mobility within the transport sector over the last 18 months and exploring markets in the UK and major European cities. During this process we have spoken to many local authorities, local operators, and IT suppliers to gain insight into emerging trends and gain an insight into operational lessons learned as various services are launched in various locations.
“This has resulted in the company being presented with a number of opportunities in different areas of mobility and we’re delighted today to launch this pilot project.”
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Fredrik Hjelm, co-founder and CEO at Voi, said: “We are delighted to partner with such a reputable transport provider and give their employees an opportunity to use our e-bikes to travel around this fabulous city in a sustainable way.
“Integrating public transport with green transport modes such as scooters or e-bikes is fundamental to the decarbonisation of our cities and towns, and we couldn’t be more excited about working with Dublin Bus to bring our vision of creating better cities to live into the Irish capital.”