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Dott increases micromobility trips by 130% across Europe in 2021

Dott has seen e-scooter and e-bike trips increase by 130% year-on-year across all its markets combined in Europe in 2021.

The peak month was September, as a return to commuting for much of Europe led to 80% growth in riders and a 120% leap in trips year-on-year. 

The shared micro-mobility operator now operates in nine countries and 38 cities, up from seven countries and 20 cities at the end of 2020. 

Henri Moissinac, Dott co-founder and chief executive, said: “Last year was transformational as we reached the milestone of launching e-bikes in major cities across Europe, offering a new choice of vehicle to suit the different needs of our riders.

“The significant growth demonstrates that more people are discovering how Dott unlocks efficient, safe and reliable travel across their cities."

Multimodal with e-bikes

Dott grew the size of its fleet of e-scooters across Europe to over 40,000, an increase of 100% on the previous year.

E-bikes were introduced from autumn, with a fleet of 10,000 coming into service in major cities including Paris, Brussels, Rome, Milan and Cologne. The e-bike will arrive in more cities next year.

Price and distance

The average cost of a trip is now around €2.00, which Dott says makes shared e-scooters and e-bikes “comparable with public transport pricing”. 

Throughout 2021, Dott saw its users riding more frequently, with many taking advantage of passes to reduce the cost of regular use.

Over a third (38%) of rides now take place using a pass to discount regular use.

Across all of Dott’s markets, the average journey distance is 2.8km, and for over 11 minutes. These significant trips show that shared e-scooters and e-bikes can offer a compelling alternative to travel by private car.

The most popular times to travel are between 16:00 and 19:00, as riders increasingly choose shared micromobility to avoid congestion at peak travel times and the home commute.

As part of the review of Dott’s 2021 operations, it said it reduced its CO2 emissions by 40% over the year. It also introduced a new CO2 monitoring tool to track progress on a monthly basis.

Westminster tops London e-scooter hotspots

In the UK, where Dott operates as part of the London trial for shared e-scooters, the busiest month since the service launched in June was October. 

Following the summer, the combination of eased lockdown restrictions and the return to work places after holidays led to a surge in demand for shared micro-mobility.

October also marked the start of Camden joining the trial, bringing the service to more of the city. 

Nearly 1 in 5 (19%) of rides took place using a pass, showing that a significant proportion of users are regular riders. 

Top 5 areas for a trip to finish in London in 2021:

  1. Westminster
  2. Ealing
  3. Camden
  4. Kensington & Chelsea
  5. Hammersmith & Fulham

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