Micromobility operator Tier is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its e-scooter operations in York, as its fleet has grown from 50 to over 550 e-scooters and e-bikes in the past 12-months.
Tier said it has seen over 20,000 riders complete over 100,000 journeys, covering around 445,000km over the past year. These journeys have replaced an estimated 16,000 car trips in the city, leading to a six tonne reduction in CO2 emissions.
The operator has recently opened new routes including tourist destinations, university campuses, York Hospital and York’s vaccination centre.
According to Tier, this growth of operations has also given more York residents a greener way to get to work, and commuters are clearly embracing the new transport options. The operator saw a 20% month-on-month increase in trips in September, along with a 43% jump in people using e-scooters between 7am and 9am.
Jessica Hall, city manager for York, at Tier, said: “Tier e-scooters have been hugely popular in York since the scheme launched a year ago and are still being embraced by locals and visitors as a greener, more convenient transport option.
“Our e-scooters have also brought other benefits to York, such as reducing air pollution and easing congestion. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the council and residents as the trials extend to spring 2022.”
Tier was selected the sole operator for the city by City of York Council, Cllr Paula Widdowson, executive member for environment and climate change, added: “The Tier fleet has become a staple part of getting around the city for many.
“We’re proud that York can play an important role in the ongoing Department for Transport research, exploring the use of e-scooters and alternative forms of sustainable transport and welcomed the extension of this trial. Our work with Tier combined with our investment in active travel infrastructure is supporting our ambitions to make York an even cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.”