Tier Mobility has invested in more than 100 parking racks for e-scooters across the Swedish capital, in a joint initiative with fellow e-scooter operator Voi Technology.
The peers are investing in creating more space for shared, sustainable micromobility in collaboration with the City of Stockholm.
The popularity of e-scooters has sometimes presented challenges in cities like Stockholm, said Tier. There are currently seven operators with in total more than 20,000 vehicles in the city, hence, many streets have become flooded with shared e-scooters and it was time to take serious action. To mitigate this challenge, more than 100 parking racks are now being distributed across Stockholm to create more order and provide space for micromobility.
The new e-scooters parking racks in the City of Stockholm will be able to hold ten e-scooters per rack, adding up to more than 1,000 parking spots dedicated to e-scooters. The racks will be unbranded and open for all to use. The goal of this pilot project is that the racks will be a start for reducing the amount of wrongly parked e-scooters, not only in Stockholm but in all cities with similar challenges. Together with the Nordic Micro Mobility Association (NMA) joint industry parking patrol in Stockholm and many other Swedish cities, Tier said it ‘truly believes’ that this will contribute to a more sustainable and accessible urban environment.
“The City of Stockholm welcomes independent initiatives from e-scooter operators to improve the traffic situation in Stockholm,” said Daniel Helldén, Vice Mayor of Traffic in Stockholm. “Parking spaces dedicated to e-scooters is an important tool in reducing the current clutter.
“Electric scooters have become an appreciated way for many to get around in Stockholm, and we need a range of measures to come to terms with the situation.”
Research from the Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics, TØI, (2021) has shown that dedicated parking areas can significantly improve order with e-scooter parking in cities. Some of the key insights from the study are that unbranded parking racks placed with high density in popular areas give a better effect.
“For us, it is important that we create urban environments where e-scooters become a natural part of a sustainable way of moving around the city,” said August Svedenstedt, regional manager, Sweden and Denmark at Tier.
“E-scooters are an important complement to public transport. One of our big challenges has been how the vehicles are parked by the users, it must be easy to do right. That is why it is important to find solutions that promote road safety and accessibility as quickly as possible.”