Shared scooters have become a common sight on the streets of Amsterdam, offering residents and visitors a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation.
Having said that, the number of shared scooters and cargo bikes in the streets of Amsterdam is set to increase significantly.
1,200 shared scooters throughout Amsterdam
With permits set to take effect on April 1, the city will witness a surge in the availability of shared scooters, totalling 1,200 units, and shared cargo bikes, amounting to 750 bikes, as announced jointly by Check and GO Sharing for scooters, and BAQME for cargo bikes.
The expansion announcement is a part of the City of Amsterdam’s new partial scooter license.
Consequently, measures have been taken to guarantee the secure and orderly functioning of shared scooters and cargo bikes.
Service providers are mandated to secure permits to operate within the city, which details the regulations and criteria for offering shared mobility services.
These shared vehicles will be strategically spread across various neighborhoods including South East, New West, and North, aiming to provide accessibility to all corners of the city.
For example, GO Sharing scooters will be available throughout the city, including areas such as Zuidoost, Nieuw-West, and Noord, where they have been less represented until now.
It’s worth mentioning that Utrecht-based Go Sharing was acquired by Istanbul-based micro- and shared-mobility provider BinBin.in 2023.
“We are committed to working with the Municipality of Amsterdam and local communities to ensure that our scooters are deployed responsibly and respectfully. The expansion of shared scooters and cargo bikes is a great opportunity for Amsterdam to become more sustainable as a city,” says Go Sharing in a LinkedIn post.
While a maximum of 300 shared scooters will be allowed in the central areas such as the city center and De Pijp, up to 400 scooters will be permitted in other areas within the Ring and under the IJ.
Amsterdam-based mobility provider Check will be expanding its presence, boosted to 600 vehicles, with the inclusion of the North, New West, Southeast, and Weesp districts into the service area.
Addressing parking nuisance
Addressing the concerns of parking nuisance caused by shared scooters, city authorities are collaborating with providers to establish more permanent parking spaces, particularly in high-traffic areas like the city center and De Pijp.
This initiative aims to alleviate inconvenience for residents while ensuring better management of the shared transport infrastructure.
In addition to the shared scooters, Amsterdam will also witness the gradual introduction of shared cargo bikes starting from, June 16.
BAQME bags e-cargo bike-sharing services
Dutch mobility platform BAQME has been awarded the exclusive right to operate e-cargo bike-sharing services in Amsterdam.
With the exclusive right to operate e-cargo bike-sharing services for the next four years, BAQME plans to deploy 750 e-cargo bikes throughout the city.
It will offer residents an eco-friendly alternative for transporting goods, with designated parking spaces to streamline the pickup and return process.
“This expansion is not just a win for our company but a significant step forward in redefining urban mobility. By increasing access to eco-friendly transport options, we are helping reduce congestion, lower emissions, and make city life better for everyone,” says BAQME.
“We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Gemeente Amsterdam for their trust and partnership, our incredible team for their dedication and hard work, and to all of you, our community, for your unwavering support,” adds the company.
This collaboration ensures that the deployment of e-cargo bikes is carried out responsibly and aligns with the city’s broader sustainability goals.
Through this partnership, BAQME and the Municipality of Amsterdam are working together to create a greener and more connected city.
Currently, BAQME is available now in The Hague, Rotterdam, Ede, Utrecht, Amsterdam and Ghent.
Tremendous growth in the mobility landscape
Over the past two years, the shared mobility landscape has experienced tremendous growth, with nearly 5,000 shared cars, bikes, and scooters now available.
This expansion underscores the commitment to provide Amsterdam residents with diverse and attractive transportation options, promoting sustainability and reducing reliance on cars, ultimately contributing to a cleaner and more livable urban environment.