We asked Neele Reimann- Philipp, Senior Public Policy Manager DACH at Voi Technology,  to share her predictions for mobility.

Ongoing Adoption Process Will Facilitate Continued Growth  

Micromobility will continue to grow. 2021 witnessed a significant uptake in e-scooter usage. Voi riders alone traveled six times as much (6x the number of rides) in 2021 as compared to 2019 – before the pandemic. Since the adoption process of a new means of transportation, such as e-scooters, picks up speed with time, the trend will continue and the demand will likely increase in the future.

We can assume that Corona has increased the digital competency among different potential user
groups, which in turn increased the awareness of and accessibility to e-scooters for many.

Micromobility Will Develop In A More Regulated Environment

Meanwhile, as a result of new and increased regulation introduced by cities, e-scooter fleet sizes in individual European cities are decreasing. Most of the Nordic capitals, including Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, have taken such steps last year.

Many cities in Germany, which is one of the biggest markets for micromobility, will follow suit during 2022. The general approach seen in these markets so far has included fleet caps and station-based parking in the city centers. This trend will continue to replicate itself as we enter the next season.

As time progresses, cities will move more towards tenderbased approaches. Limiting the number of operators and reducing competition has proven to be effective in solving pain points and improving riding and parking infrastructure.

Accessibility To Micromobility Will Increase In New And Smaller Markets

Despite the reduced availability of shared e-scooters in larger cities due to increased regulatory
measures, micromobility will become more accessible overall. E-scooters will be introduced into other new and smaller markets, contributing to a wider coverage of previously underserved cities that choose to complement their public transport services with shared micromobility.

Cooperation with local public transport providers and the establishment of mobility hubs, which connect trains, buses and metros with other forms of shared mobility, such as e-scooters, bicycles, cars and mopeds, will be one main key to success.

You can explore more predictions from 24 global thought leaders and visionaries who are shaping the future of mobility, liveable cities and sustainable Transport, in our Global Thought Leaders Predictions for Mobility 2022 report.