Ostend to introduce shared e-scooters
The city of Ostend will soon be introducing shared scooters. From the first half of May the seaside resort will launch 500 electric shared scooters, Ostend Alderman for Mobility, Björn Anseeuw (N-VA) announced. “I think it’s really important to give our city more accessibility for its inhabitants, for the many tourist and for everybody working in the city.”
The shared e-scooter is considered an ideal means of transport for short distances. “It’s such an easy system”, Anseeuw says. “You don’t have to worry about anything and you can leave the scooters behind wherever you please.” All scooters are collected and charged at night so they can be used again the next morning.
Users of the scooters can find, unlock and pay a nearby scooter through an app. They pay one euro for a ride with an extra cost of 0,15 euro per minute.
Alderman Anseeuw emphasizes this is not a pilot project. “We’re fully focusing on shared mobility and we want to provide shared scooters all over the city. We want to be a trendsetter in the province of West Flanders. Shared mobility will become more and more important in the future, besides, those scooters are just fun.”