Northampton clocks up 3 million rides on Voi e-scooters

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Riding Voi e-scooters in Northampton. Credit: Voi

Northampton 22 August 2023: People in Northampton have taken 3 million trips on e-scooters across the town over the last three years.

And now, Voi, together with West Northamptonshire Council (WNC), has announced the expansion of its e-scooter service to the north and south of Northampton to include Moulton and Collingtree.

The expansion sees Voi’s micromobility operations continue in Northampton and in North Northamptonshire in Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Kettering and Burton Latimer.

Since the e-scooter trial was launched in September 2020, public hire e-scooters have become an important addition to transport in the town, with just over 63,000 people in Northampton now signed up to Voi, using them to commute to work and education.

E-scooters are a much greener way to travel and since their introduction in Northampton have replaced over 1.4 million car journeys, clocking up over 4.3 million miles and reducing CO2 emissions in the city by an estimated 667 tonnes.

Safety is Voi’s top priority with the company hosting a number of online safety webinars which cover all aspects of safely riding a Voi e-scooter or e-bike, from wearing a helmet, to the correct position in the road and how to park without causing an obstruction for pedestrians.

Remaining webinars for 2023 have been scheduled for Tuesday 12 September at 5.30pm and 6.45pm, Thursday 19 October at 12pm and 1.15pm, Tuesday 14 November at 5.30pm and 6.45pm and Thursday 7 December at 12pm and 1.15pm.

Anyone completing a safety webinar will receive 30 free minutes for use on either a Voi e-scooter or e-bike and a helmet. Riders must be 18 or over and have a provisional or full driving licence. People can sign up for the webinars by visiting: Voi UK: Safe Riding Skills Events 2023

Jack Samler, Voi general manager UK, Ireland and France, said: “Our Northampton trial has grown in popularity, with more and more people choosing to use scooters for short trips to work, for socialising, to go to the shops or appointments and to get to university.

“Since the scheme was launched in partnership with North and West Northamptonshire councils, we’ve increased the number of scooters and expanded the scheme so more people can benefit from using e-scooters across a wider area, providing a new, easy-to-use and affordable means of transport.”

Cllr Phil Larratt, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport, Highways and Waste at WNC, said: “We are pleased to be working with Voi to continue to deliver safety events which provide an ideal opportunity for people to find out more about the Voi scheme, how to participate safely and legally, how they can do their bit for the environment by travelling sustainably and how to park without causing an obstruction for pedestrians. I would encourage anyone interested to find out more to join one of the upcoming safety events.”

As part of Voi’s mission to provide safe, sustainable and reliable micromobility for all, Voi riders can take advantage of Voi for All discounts which provide discounted travel to people on low incomes, disabled people and people over 65, to help with the cost of living.

For further information, please contact: 

Juliette Maxam, Senior PR manager, Voi UK, Ireland and France

About Voi 

Founded in 2018, Voi is a Swedish micromobility company offering e-scooter and e-bike sharing in partnership with towns, cities and local communities. We believe e-scooters can play a central role in changing how people move in our towns and cities in the future. We want to ensure that the micromobility transformation happens the right way - through real innovative technology, open and transparent dialogue with towns, cities and governments and by adapting our products to local needs. Voi’s holistic Environmental Action Plan tackles emissions and promotes renewable energy use and circularity along its supply chain. 

Voi operates in over 100 towns and cities across 12 countries. It is headquartered in Stockholm and employs 1,000 people. To date, Voi boasts more than seven million riders and has served more than 150+ million rides.