Tier Mobility has announced the rolling out of a fleet of 500 shared e-bikes and shared e-scooters in Bath.
The shared transport provider won the tender to operate the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority’s shared micromobility service earlier this year.
Tier’s service will eventually comprise shared e-scooters, e-bikes and cargo bikes across Bristol and Bath.
Long-term rental e-scooters will be available later in the autumn, members of the public can register their interest for a long-term rental on the Tier website.
The service comprises Tier’s e-bike 3 and latest Tier 6 iteration of its shared e-scooter.
The e-bike 3 and Tier 6 feature a portrait phone holder with integrated wireless charging, GPS tracking, orange highlighted touchpoints and an integrated cable lock to prevent hacking.
Jessica Hall, Head of Public Policy UK, said: “Today marks the first time people in the West of England will be able to try out Tier’s new shared e-bikes and e-scooters in their city.
“E-bikes are great for longer journeys and all of our bikes feature a front basket, which is convenient when you are carrying a heavy bag. We look forward to seeing the bikes carrying users uphill without breaking a sweat and making journeys around the cities quicker and easier.
“This is just the start of our service in the West of England, with the service launching in Bristol next month and cargo bikes being added to the service later this year.”
Users will be able to rent both e-bikes and e-scooters through the Tier app available on iOS and android, and first-time riders will benefit from one free unlock and 15 minutes of free riding time.
Normal Pay-as-you-Go pricing will be 99p to unlock the bike and then 16p per minute.
Tier is also launching a range of passes including a £4 daily Commute Pass offering 30 minutes riding time, as well as a range of daily and monthly passes.
Cllr Sarah Warren, Bath and North East Somerset Council deputy leader and cabinet member for climate and sustainable travel, said: “The introduction of e-bikes and soon to be e-cargo bikes to the e-scooter system will be popular for a wider range of people, and for longer distances.
“There will be a short period of adjustment between the two schemes, and we ask users and prospective users to be patient as Tier works to make sure this operation is safe, convenient and considered for all road users.
“We are also setting up a new mailbox where people can send us any suggested improvements regarding the service, such as amendments to parking areas or new parking areas, expansion areas for the service etc.”