Mechelen to relaunch 100 shared e-scooters
After a pilot project last year, the city of Mechelen will relaunch a hundred shared e-scooters from March 1st on. The e-scooters will be distributed via several hotspots in the city. In 2020, Mechelen introduced the e-scooters for a tryout, and the formula seemed successful: in four months, 11 436 rides were made.
Now the city wants to relaunch the vehicles. In the first phase, already one hundred e-scooters will be delivered. “The vehicles are an important additional transport alternative,” Vicky Vanmarcke said in a Belga press release on Saturday. Vanmarcke (Open Vld) is Alderwoman for Mobility in Mechelen.
The provider of the vehicles is Hoppy, the company that recently changed its name from Hopp to Hoppy. According to general manager Kenny Vercruysse, the new name seems to be easier to find in the app stores.
The Hoppy e-scooters can reach 25 km/hour except for the shopping street (Bruul) and connecting roads to the IJzeren Leen. Thanks to their reliable suspension, they’re shock-absorbing and perfectly usable on the cobblestone roads of the historic inner city.
Hoppy’s formula is simple: users download the Hoppy app and register. Then they check the nearest available vehicle. They scan the QR code to unlock the e-scooter, and they’re off to go. Unlocking the vehicle costs one euro, and riding costs 20 euro cents per minute.
Paying is possible with any credit card via the app. Regular users can also opt for a subscription. An annual subscription costs 150 euros, which is 41 euro cents a day.
Hoppy e-scooters are free-floating and easy to find on particular hotspots in Mechelen (City center, Vijfhoek, Veemarkt…), on parking lots at the border of the city (Zandpportvest, Nekker…), or the two train stations (Mechelen and Nekkerspoel).
More rules of the game? Users have to be at least 18, respect traffic rules and park responsibly.