From 9 March 2022 Voi’s shared e-scooters will be placed in central locations of Eskilstuna, making it the 11th municipality where Voi is present in its home country Sweden.
Voi’s service in Eskilstuna targets everyone looking for a sustainable and safe transport alternative to short car journeys . Voi’s shared e-scooters can replace cars in Eskilstuna’s city centre and, at the same time, serve to complement public transport for commuters.
Christina Moe Gjerde, Head of Nordics at Voi, says: “This is Voi’s first opportunity to provide e-scooters in the Södermanland region and we look forward to providing our green transport alternative in Eskilstuna.”
Voi’s shared e-scooters will be available to everyone over 18 within an area stretching from central Eskilstuna to Lunda, Skiftinge, Öster, Fröslunda and more.
Christina adds: “In close dialogue with the municipality we have adjusted our service to regional city life. We will continue on that track to develop the right solutions for Eskilstuna. Our shared e-scooters can be used in combination with public transport in order to facilitate modal shift in the city.”
Slow Speed Zones and Reaction Test to promote traffic safety
Eskilstuna municipality and Voi have cooperated to decide popular pedestrian streets that will become Voi’s designated Slow Speed Zones. When a vehicle enters a Slow Speed Zone, the e-scooter speed is automatically reduced from the statutory 20km/h to a much slower walking speed of 6km/h.
Wednesday to Saturday evenings and nights the speed is reduced from 20km/h to 15km/h. During these hours Voi’s in-app Reaction Test is also activated in order to prevent drunk driving. Riders who fail the test are advised to take alternative transport modes.
Voi’s No Parking Zones
Together with the municipality Voi has identified No Parking Zones. These and, in contrast, incentivised Parking Zones have been identified on the app. When riders use Voi’s Parking Zones, they are rewarded with a discount. Eventually this affects where the shared e-scooters are parked and picked up which supports responsible parking behaviour.
Digital traffic school
Residents in Eskilstuna who have not ridden e-scooters before are advised to use Voi’s digital traffic school RideLikeVoila.com, that more than 500,000 riders in Europe have used already. Beginners can also opt to ride in Beginner’s mode on the app, which automatically lowers the lower maximum speed to 15km/h for as long as they like.