Almost a third of the 450,000 e-scooter trips taken in Birmingham since a trial was launched in September have replaced car journeys according to a survey of riders.

That means an estimated reduction of 66 tonnes of carbon dioxide in Birmingham city centre contributing to the #WM2041 ambition to achieve a net-zero carbon region over the next two decades.

According to an e-scooter rider survey 31% of respondents said they would have otherwise used a car to complete their journey – that equated to about 140,000 car journeys at the time of the survey.

Operator Voi, which runs e-scooter hire schemes in major cities all over Europe, was selected last year to run the scheme in the West Midlands. The trial was launched to see how e-scooters could provide a green alternative to the car and public transport for shorter journeys and support action on climate change.

The central Birmingham trial zone includes both the QE and City Hospitals and, under the Voi 4 Heroes programme, NHS and Emergency Service workers have taken more than 54,000 free rides.

Voi also offers a variety of other discounts, including travel to and from vaccination centres, rides for students and users from low-income groups.

To find out more visit West Midlands Combined Authority.

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