E-scooters pilot programme at Demokritos campus

ahedd DIH in collaboration with the National Research Infrastructure in Shipping, Transport and Logistics EN.I.R.I.S.S.T+ and the mobility services companies Hopp Greece and Evedima Greece, presented a pilot programme in September to promote the shared use of electric scooters on the campus of Demokritos.

The main objective of this initiative is to gather data on e-scooter utilisation among Demokritos staff. This data will serve as a foundation for comprehending user requirements, habits, e-scooter safety and road behaviour, as well for reducing the use of conventional vehicles within the campus.

The pilot programme will start in October, allowing Demokritos staff to utilise six e-scooters free of charge within the campus, for three weeks. The e-scooters will be provided by Evedima Greece and will be accessible to anyone interested, after completing a questionnaire regarding mobility in general, as well as specifically on the Demokritos campus. At the end of this period, users will be requested to provide feedback through a short questionnaire. Furthermore, six to twelve months later, participants will be re-engaged to evaluate if their involvement in the programme has influenced a lasting change in their travel routines.

The initiative was presented at Demokritos premises by Dr Amalia Polydoropoulou, Professor at the Department of Shipping Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean and Scientific Manager of EN.I.R.I.S.S.T and EN.I.R.I.S.S.T+ along with Panagiota Mavrogenidou, Civil Engineer and PhD candidate at the University Aegean.

Following the presentation, the Evedima staff demonstrated the e-scooters, and attendees had the opportunity to test them before they were deployed in selected areas of the Demokritos campus.

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