Demand for shared city mobility back to pre-COVID-19 levels

After a slump during lockdown, the demand for shared city mobility vehicles is returning to normal, because of a fear of public transport and to save money, expert Adam Jędrzejewski tells PolandIN.

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The sharing market now consists of city bikes, kick e-scooters, mopeds, different types of cars and ride-hailing services, taxi hailing services, the City Mobility Association chairman Adam Jędrzejewski told PolandIN.

“The pandemic caused a huge decline in the demand for sharing services. But demand is getting back to precovid levels,” the expert told our Business Correspondent.

A fear of entering public transport and a desire to save cash during a time of hardship are factors likely to be influencing people’s decision to share rather than buy expensive assets.

Scooter regulations

Mr Jędrzejewski said that e-scooter services in particular have done well since lockdown. He welcomed new legislation to ensure safety of users after a recent fatal accident, when a young woman fell off the back of a scooter, which was designed for only one user.

However, he is not sure of the impact of putting a length restriction into the definition of a passenger transport vehicle of 125 cm, when there is already a regulation forbidding their use by more than one person.