A sound launch for micromobility services in the UK: The challenge of parking

With up to 12 different dockless e-scooter services in June 2019, and about 15,000 vehicles, Paris has emerged as a laboratory for shared micromobility.

Following the very fast proliferation of e-scooters in the streets, the French capital has gradually introduced regulatory measures to avoid the negative externalities which can be associated to this new mobility solution.

Paris has launched a call for tender, selected three companies (Lime, Dott, Tier) and authorised them to operate 5,000 vehicles each. To ensure the proper functioning of these services, the City has implemented specific rules, in particular regarding parking, with dedicated parking spots. If dedicated parking challenges the dockless mode of operation, it also regulates the use of urban space.

First, London simply banned e-scooter services. However, the city now wishes to select a limited number of operators via a call for tender, to which Dott plans to respond. French consultancy 6t joins forces with London-based consultancy Momentum to draw lessons from its expertise on the Parisian case for a sound launch of dockless scooters in London. This study thus focuses on the issue of parking.

Methodology :

This study aims at learning from Paris to draw guidelines to ensure the proper deployment of dockless e-scooters in Londo:

  • 6t mobilises its expertise gained from previous studies focusing on users and uses of dockless e-scooters, as well as on dockless mobility regulation. 6t has updated and re-analysed these data in the light of London’s concerns.
  • Momentum brings its experience of London context to transfer these lessons to the British capital;
  • Together, 6t and Momentum use their expertise to make recommendations on the issue of e-scooter parking in London

Légende : Évolution du stationnement par les utilisateurs de Dott à Paris (source : 6t et Dott)


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