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Bolt launches e-scooters in Washington DC

The mobility company aims to work with cities on a local level to solve traffic and parking congestion with safe, sustainable transport options.

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Bolt aims to work with cities on a local level when deploying its scooters
Bolt aims to work with cities on a local level when deploying its scooters

Bolt, the mobility company co-founded by retired sprinter Usain Bolt, has launched its carbon-free e-scooters in Washington, DC.

The company has e-scooters currently available in 15 cities worldwide and plans to expand into more than 40 markets through 2019.

 

Community partnership

 

Founded in 2018, Bolt is designing, manufacturing, and operationalising the durable scooters and aims to set the highest standards by investing in both customer safety and responsible community engagement.

 

As part of the commitment to serving as a community partner in each market, Bolt will employ locally within the DC area. It hires local full-time employees rather than part-time staff members and ensures scooters are fully recharged and equipment such as brakes and lights are always fully operational.

"Through our experiences in DC, we are intimately familiar with the challenges the community faces when affordable and reliable transportation is not available”

"As a team, we have deep ties to the Washington DC community as five of our executives are from the DC metropolitan area and I am a former member of the research faculty at Georgetown University," said Dr Sarah Haynes, Bolt’s co-founder, co-CEO and chairwoman.

 

"Through our experiences in DC, we are intimately familiar with the challenges the community faces when affordable and reliable transportation is not available.”

 

As part of Bolt’s commitment to safety, the company employs a 24/7 customer support service to address feedback from riders and make sure e-scooters are used and parked in a way that is considerate to the communities it operates in.

 

Eligible users in the Washington DC community will also have access to Bolt Forward, a programme dedicated to providing mobility for all where veterans and underserved members of the community can apply for discounted rides.

 

Bolt Mobility’s mission aims to work with cities on a local level to solve traffic and parking congestion and reduce their carbon footprint with safe, sustainable, and equitable transport options.

 

It is currently operational in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Alexandria, Arlington, Richmond, Nashville, Atlanta, Portland, Chicago, Louisville, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Paris.

 

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