E-scooters come to York St John University

Published: 6/11/2020

E-scooters are now available as a safe and sustainable way for staff and students to get around.

E-scooters lined up in a street

E-scooters are a safe and sustainable way to travel

York St John has joined an e-scooter rental trial scheme that will be run for 12-months by the leading European operator TIER.  The Department for Transport-approved scheme will initially see 50 e-scooters deployed in York, with the potential to gradually increase to up to 700 after six months. Renting an e-scooter in York will cost riders £1 to unlock the vehicle and 15p per minute travelled.

The scheme will enable people to pick up the e-scooters at the University and ride them along a number of cycle and road routes, offering an environmentally friendly and Covid-safe mode of transport. York St John has four parking points – two on the main campus (outside Holgate reception and outside Fountains) and one each at both Haxby Road and City Residence. 

City of York Council selected TIER as the sole operator because of the company’s pioneering approach to safety, responsible operations and sustainability. TIER is the first climate-neutral micro-mobility provider and has introduced industry-leading swappable battery technology. Every scooter in York will have a swappable battery, which teams of TIER employees on e-cargo bikes can change when they run low. This dramatically reduces emissions and congestion on roads, compared to the common industry practice of using vans to collect the e-scooters and take them to be charged in a warehouse.

TIER e-scooters will be the safest on UK roads, with an integrated helmet, the largest front wheel in the market, a wider foot plate, dual suspension, a double kickstand and dual drum brakes for stable riding on uneven surfaces and conditions.

The e-scooters are also fitted with number plates, including unique IDs, which TIER has a full record of. This will ensure all rides can easily be tracked by CCTV and the police to ensure that the service is enjoyed safely and responsibly. TIER will be promoting responsible parking, with its scooters only allowed to be parked in designated bays across the city, which will be marked clearly on the road and in the TIER app.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport said: “This will provide a fantastic opportunity to explore how e-scooters might add to the mix of sustainable transport options, whilst helping to improve air quality and expand our electrical vehicle charging offer. The trial will also form part of the city’s Covid-19 response in terms of, for example, providing sustainable alternatives to support capacity on public transport across the city.”

TIER UK General Manager Fred Jones said: “We are excited to be offering York residents and visitors a more sustainable way of travelling around the city, as people get to grips with new ways of navigating during Covid-19. Our e-scooters can bring great benefits to the city, including reducing air pollution and congestion. We look forward to rolling out more e-scooters in coming months.”

York will be the 80th city in Europe where TIER is operating, and the company’s growth has seen it reach consistent profitability since June 2020. The company was able to maintain its operations across Europe throughout the initial lockdown and has reduced vehicle charging costs by 90% in the last 12 months thanks to its swappable battery technology.

Read more about the TIER e-scooters.

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