Lime, one of London’s biggest e-scooter operators, says it is anticipating a surge in demand and an influx of new users with rail and Tube workers set to go on strike this week.
Transport for London (TfL) says it expects “severe disruption or no service” on all Underground lines on Tuesday June 21 if strike action goes ahead.
Network Rail has also said that only around half of Britain’s rail network will be open on June 21, 23 and 25 after the RMT union announced action last week following failed talks over pay and redundancies.
With London bus services predicted to be “extremely busy” as a result of the strikes, TfL is advising anyone who wishes to travel to consider walking or cycling.
During the two-day strike that took place in early March, the number of people who had their first trip with Lime increased by 162 per cent, while daily trips increases by more than 95 per cent compared to the same day the previous week.”
“Everybody wants to see the Tube functioning to its full extent but whenever there’s a strike or disruption it’s actually a great opportunity for people to try a new form of environmentally friendly transport,” Lime’s senior director of public policy Alan Clarke told City AM.
Halfords will also be providing an alternative mode of transport for many after renewing its offer of free e-bike loans for rail commuters.
Bikes will be available from 404 Halfords stores on a first-come, first-served basis.