Moreover, many choose this type of transport not for entertainment, but as a way to get to the subway, work or a store faster.
As reported by Izvestiya, Post Bank customers spent three times more money on renting electric scooters in June 2022 (2 million rubles) compared to the same period last year (643 thousand rubles). Scooters are most actively used in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as Kazan and Yekaterinburg.
The average trip length this year is 1.5-2.5 km, and the average check is from 165 to 361 roubles. As the representative of the rental service Whoosh points out, trips in 2022 have generally become shorter, and the share of subscription trips has also increased. This suggests that users began to choose electric scooters as an option to quickly reach the desired point and save travel time. At the same time, the growth of the scooter rental market continues, and the Yurent service recorded more trips in July 2022 than in the entire 2021 season.
However, despite the popularity of this type of transport, there is still no legal regulation of such trips, and regions independently introduce restrictions and establish rules. Amendments to road traffic rules are currently expected to help reduce accidents involving electric scooters and increase the culture of ethical driving.
The rental services themselves also seek to regulate the safety of driving scooters. For example, Whoosh has started testing an algorithm that will help detect trips on an electric scooter for two. When detected, Whoosh will warn and reduce the speed of traffic, and in case of repeated violations, fines and blocking of the user’s account are possible. In addition, the service is developing a solution for determining children’s scooter trips, reports the Whoosh press service.