Europe’s largest e-scooter rental company has confirmed that it is considering Cork as a location for a potential rental program.
Earlier this year, the Minister of Transport announced that the government was planning to introduce new legislation that would allow e-scooters to be used on roads in Ireland.
TIER, one of the largest e-scooter companies in Europe, is already planning this and has started discussions with the Cork City Council and community groups in the city on how the service can best be provided safely.
The company currently operates in over 90 cities across Europe and hopes to add Cork to that list.
We spoke to Fred Jones, TIER’s regional general manager for Northern Europe, about why Cork is a good fit for the e-scooter rental program.
“Cork shows many of the opportunities and challenges of many of the cities we already operate in, where it is a big city with a growing population.
“The topography with the dense city center, the ring of suburbs and the development plans go well with the project.
“We don’t want to contribute to congestion, so let’s think about how we can do this in an efficient way and how we can fill in some of the gaps in public transport in places like the Sunday Well.
“Of course, the north side of the city is quite hilly, walking and biking are great, but the e-scooters are going to be an exciting opportunity for people.
“I think the desire to address car use and the makeup and ambition of the city make it a really great option for micromobility.”
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TIER is now active in many cities across Europe, including Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin and, most recently, York in Great Britain.
One of the reasons the service is so popular is because of how easy and accessible it is for users who book and pay to use the scooters through an app on their phone.
Fred says the company is used to customizing their service for each location as each city is different.
“One thing we learned is that all cities are different. So while you have the general issues of safety and sustainability, each city has different challenges.
“So we’ve talked to Cork City Council and cycling and mobility groups. We have a really broad approach to listening and understanding what we can do.
“We’ve looked at a large number of urban areas across Ireland where we can roll out the service. We operate in areas of all sizes. We don’t just focus on places like Dublin, Berlin or the bigger centers, we can too Offer services. ” also smaller areas. “
TIER already has some plans on how to roll out the service in Cork if the bidding process is successful. Up to 1,000 e-scooters and motorcycles may be on the road.
One of the things that sets TIER apart from other operators is the energy grid, which encourages users to be more sustainable by offering them a free ride.
Part of it is the PowerBox, a compact socket with a width, length and height of 50 cm, in which the batteries for the scooters are housed.
It comes with a bespoke stand specially designed to house the PowerBox in commercial spaces such as shops and cafes.
Shops in Cork should house a PowerBox that TIER users can use to swap batteries for free rides.
Fred told us that this would also benefit local retailers as it would encourage visitors to their stores if people park their cars for more mobile transportation.
More information about TIER, how it works and its activities across Europe can be found on the TIER website.