DCU teams up with ride hailing app for new trial to roll out e-scooters across campus

By Kim oLeary

DCU has teamed up with ride hailing app FREE NOW and TIER Mobility to roll out Ireland's first e-scooter trial around its campuses.

As part of the trial which is running until early 2022, students and staff can now book e-scooters from the TIER fleet based at DCU via the FREE NOW app.

The e-scooter trial began in July ahead of the return of students to classes with the goal of improving safety for e-scooter users and pedestrians.

It is also hoped that the scheme will provide city authorities with valuable data and insights to facilitate safe e-scooter use once government legislation passes in Ireland.

Students and staff can trial the e-scooters over the coming months with just the click of Free Now's app, which comes as Ireland is one of the last European countries to permit the use of e-scooters in public.

Commenting on the DCU pilot partnership, Niall Carson General Manager of FREE NOW Ireland said: “We are delighted to partner with TIER and support the continued rollout of Ireland’s first e-scooter pilot scheme over the coming months across DCU campuses.

"This scheme will positively contribute to the safety standards for e-scooter usage in Ireland and we hope it will support the government’s rollout of legislation in the coming months – enabling people across the country to avail of safe, sustainable and convenient micro-mobility rental.”

Fred Jones, Northern Europe General Manager of TIER, added: “Our research trial at DCU brings TIER together with a range of brilliant partners to ensure Ireland’s first e-scooter scheme is not only a success but a valuable learning opportunity for cities exploring the future of micro-mobility.

"By adding the trusted and popular FREE NOW app to that mix we can take the trial multimodal and generate more compelling insights.”

Further information about FREE NOW is available at www.free-now.com and further information about TIER is available here

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