Bolt has announced the launch of two shared electric bike schemes in Wexford town and Bray this spring, bringing its Irish fleet to 400 e-bikes across four schemes. The new schemes will include 100 e-bikes.
Since the launch of the new schemes, Bolt users have travelled over 105,000km on the firm’se-bikes and the company has estimated that14,800km in car trips and 1,545kg of CO2 have been saved as a result.
“We’re very excited to take Bolt to the East Coast, and we’re working closely with Wicklow and Wexford County Councils to roll out the service as soon as possible,” said John Buckley, operations manager for rentals in Ireland at Bolt. “Bolt’s shared electric bike offerings in both Sligo and Kilkenny are proving extremely popular and our user surveys show our eBikes are reducing the reliance on private cars and supporting the national Climate Action Plan. One user has clocked up over 400 rides alone and we expect to see similar levels of utilisation on the East Coast.”
Bolt has hinted that it is in talks with several other councils about e-bike schemes, and the company is interested in adding e-scooters to its operations when long-touted legislation is passed.
Claire Goodwin, cycling & walking officer of Wexford County Council, said: “Wexford County Council is delighted to provide local residents and visitors with a sustainable mode of transport. We are seeing a real enthusiasm for making the change from private car use if there is a convenient and affordable alternative. With the introduction of Bolt’s Bikes on a trial basis for Wexford town, we hope people will try them out and perhaps change how they travel, where possible”
Bolt services are used by over 100m people in 50 countries in Europe and Africa. The company also offers a ride-hailing service in Dublin and Cork.