Voi is hosting a women-only safety event in Liverpool
4 weeks ago
Voi is hosting its first-ever dedicated night-time safety event for Women as part of its commitment to creating an inclusive service for all.
Held at Mann Island in Liverpool’s Docklands on Thursday 10 November, between 5:30 pm – 9:15 pm, the Women-only night time-safety event is free and aims to help redress the gender imbalance and encourage more women to use micromobility as part of their everyday lives.
As days shorten in the winter months, more journeys will be made during night-time periods as existing riders continue to use Voi’s service such as for the daily commute. Yet, Voi’s Gender Equity report, produced in partnership with Women in Transport, showed that night-time safety is one of the biggest barriers for women to using an e-scooter.
Indeed, combined with the perceived lack of spaces to learn and practice, many women non-riders expressed a lack of confidence in being able to ride e-scooters. A majority of survey respondents (63%), conducted as part of the report, also said they would or did first ride e-scooters with someone they know, with 34% saying this was or would be alone.
To help foster confidence and encourage more women to become riders by challenging perceptions of this environmentally-friendly mode of transport, Voi is leveraging the expertise of its industry-leading partners. Working with TTC, a renowned road safety education and training company, and Proviz, a multi-award outdoor sportswear specialist, Voi’s women-only event will offer peer–supported safety training and equipment within a dedicated safe area in the city’s dockland area.
Grace Packard, Senior Policy Manager for Voi UK and Ireland, said:
“It is well understood that women use a variety of methods to manage risk to their personal safety after dark, such as avoiding a particular route, place, or mode of travel. However, the rapid growth in micromobility has highlighted a gender gap that is not only present in the industry’s ridership but also in the wider transport sector. Closing this gap and challenging perceptions of e-scooters as a mode of transport for men is crucial in encouraging more women to see micromobility as a legitimate way of getting around the city safely, especially in unloading the burden of travelling alone. We’re therefore delighted to be hosting this special designated event in Liverpool with our partners because creating a better, thriving place for living means micromobility must be accessible to all.”
How women can sign up and secure their place: Signing up for this special women-only safety event is free. To book their place, riders need to visit Voi’s Eventbrite page here.
Riders can book a free 45-min safety session slot between 5:30 pm and 9:15 pm to receive advice from fully trained staff provided by TTC. Each rider will receive a free (1) Day Pass (value of £10)*, a foldable Closca helmet, and reflective gear to stay visible when riding in the dark, provided by Proviz. All attendees must be at least 18 years of age, identify as a woman, and at least hold a provisional valid photocard driving licence.