Bike sharing is coming to Dundee from today as part of NaviGoGo – Scotland’s first MaaS (Mobility as a Service) pilot. Ten bikes have been provided by NextBike – who operate over 125 bike share schemes around Europe – exclusively for the NaviGoGo trial participants. These will be distributed across three locations connecting the train station, the University of Dundee’s city campus and the City’s bus station.
The NaviGoGo MaaS pilot, launched in October this year in Dundee and North Fife with 13 BETA testers, is revolutionising the way young people aged 16-25 travel. Using NaviGoGo, young people can plan, pay for and travel on trains, taxis, buses (weekly tickets) and now shared bikes through the newly developed WebApp or their Young Scot card. From today the second wave of triallists also join the pilot, meaning a total of 100 young people are testing the future of transport in Scotland.
NaviGoGo, which was co-designed by young people for young people, is being delivered by a consortium led by ESP Group and includes Mudlark, National Entitlement Card (NEC), Route Monkey, SYSTRA and Young Scot.
The project received funding from Innovate UK to develop a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform to make it easier for young people to travel. In addition to allowing young people to plan, pay for and travel on trains, taxis, buses and bikes, NaviGoGo also provides information on single fares and change required for buses as well as availability of car clubs. The healthy and sustainable options – cycling, walking and public transport use – are linked to Young Scot Rewards to incentivise travel on these modes. The NaviGoGo WebApp boasts other innovative features such as destination information and transport reviews, a taxi fare splitting calculator and a deal matcher.
Dr Steve Cassidy, Director of ESP Group, said: “Since the trial started in October it has been a great success and has seen our first group of young people benefit from its services. The trial marks a turning point for the transport industry: placing the young person at the heart of the project which was co-designed with 16-25 year olds. It is a revolutionary one stop shop for a young person’s travel needs.”
Logan, 16, said “It’s been really exciting to be one of the first people in Scotland to try NaviGoGo out and I’m really looking forward to seeing and using the NaviGoGo bikes in Dundee”