Antwerp to welcome 500 Dutch Go Sharing e-scooters
Antwerp will have a new shared e-scooter platform as of February 2021. The Dutch Go Sharing will introduce 500 flashy green electric scooters in the city. Users only have to download the Go Sharing app to find, unlock, and pay for the vehicle. According to the company, the formula is easy and cheap, green, and smart.
Scooter users pay per minute and only for the time of use. The service costs €0,29 per minute, or they can opt for a prepaid formula. This is even more affordable: €0,27 per minute for a prepaid 75-minutes formula, €0,25 per minute for 200 minutes, and €0,23 per minute for 425 minutes.
Public order and safety
Go Sharing will be the second shared e-scooter platform after Poppy. Later, a third provider – Felyx, already ‘flooding’ Brussels – is expected in the city. Scooty, the first similar project in Antwerp meanwhile stopped its activities. Antwerp only permitted three free-floating systems in the city. Local authorities want to avoid oversupply and be able to guarantee public order and safety.
The Antwerp authorities want providers to meet strict criteria, and they look for a win-win situation, the Antwerp Alderman for Mobility, Koen Kennis (N-VA) says.
Shift in behavior
For Go Sharing, it’s the first time they cross the Dutch border, but the company is ambitious. “In time, we want to conquer the rest of Belgium,” says Yessin Aattache of Go Sharing in Belga’s press release. Apparently, some negotiations are ongoing, but the results still have to be seen.
By offering green and user-friendly electric mobility, the company hopes to create a shift in behavior from ‘owning one’s vehicle’ to ‘using it when necessary’.