Micro-mobility app seeks approval of electric scooters in Cork


CORK could see an influx of regulated electric scooters available from next year as a global micro-mobility app seeks approval from Cork City Council.

The app, called Bolt, was founded in Estonia in 2013 and currently serves over 75 million customers in 45 countries.

Already operating in Dublin, the billion-euro company is now targeting Cork city.

The app shows you the fastest way to get to your destination

“Bolt is a platform where you can have multiple modes of transport on one app. We offer carpooling, scooters, e-bikes, carsharing and food delivery services, ”said Aisling Dunne, Bolt’s public safety officer for Ireland.

“The idea is that when you want to go somewhere you open the app and it will tell you the fastest way to get there, whether by taxi which can be two meters away or by scooter which can be up to 100 yards and he will give you the price of each.

“It’s about giving city dwellers a range of options so they don’t need to own a car. “

The news comes after the government’s announcement that scooters and e-bikes will be allowed on public roads for the first time under the Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021.

Meetings with local authorities

In order to operate Bolt’s electric scooters in Cork, company members have already started engaging with local authorities, recently meeting with the Cork Transport and Mobility Forum.

They also hope to meet with Cork City Council in the coming weeks.

“Cork is a really exciting city, especially with the Metropolitan Cork region’s transport strategy,” Ms. Dunne said.

“There is a real opportunity here to offer innovative solutions to move the city forward as it grows.

“So we’re really looking forward to working closely with the board on this. “

The company will also work with taxi companies already present in Cork, rather than hiring drivers like similar ridesharing apps.

The hope is to have the Bolt carpooling component in operation in Cork “very soon”.

“There is really an attitude in Ireland and across Europe to move towards more carbon neutral modes of transport. The mood is finally here to start making changes, ”Ms. Dunne said.

“Ireland has been a bit slow in regulating this area. We are a late adapter, but we can learn from the fact that other cities have jumped earlier and are benefiting from their experiences.

“The more travel options people have, the more likely they are to leave the car at home.”


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