E-Scooter Use Surges As Commuters Return To The Office


Dott, a leading European micro-mobility company, reports a surge in demand across Europe as workers return to their offices after the summer holidays. 

With offices starting to open up again after 18 months of uncertainty, it looks like not everyone is opting for packed public transport as a way to commute.

In fact, with 40,000 e-scooters across the continent, and each available vehicle operating up to 7 rides a day, Dott offers an environmentally friendly choice for travel across city centres.

Regular riders

According to statistics supplied by Dott, in the first half of September, there was a 46% increase in rider numbers across Europe.

Compared to the same period in 2020, data shows that rider numbers have soared by a huge 106%. The increased use of shared micro-mobility vehicles for travel into work demonstrates a shift in behaviour, as riders value the freedom, independence and efficiency that they offer.

Back in July 2021, TfL launched e-scooters onto the streets of London, following the lead of other major European cities like Paris, Madrid and Brussels amongst others.

And it seems like this may have been a good move, as larger numbers start to return to their workplaces more regularly, trends show they are looking for independent and sustainable ways of travelling. 
Henri Moissinac, CEO and Co-Founder, Dott, said: “We believe that our e-scooters can help to make the cities we operate in more pleasant places to be, with less pollution and congestion. As habits change coming out of the pandemic, many people are paying more attention to the environmental impact of their choices. The growth that we have seen as commuting habits return after the holidays shows that more people are choosing shared micro-mobility as the most efficient way to travel across a city in a sustainable way.”

Tracking travel

Dott’s mapping technology shows that the most popular time for travel is between 17:00 and 19:00, with another clear peak between 07:00-09:00, as micro-mobility now becomes a preferred travel choice for commuters, not just leisure users.

The average journey in the largest cities is over 3km4, as riders take advantage of more options to move efficiently across their city.

The heat maps below show the most popular recent routes across some of Europe’s city centres.