We designate Bolt Patrol routes based on a city’s requirements, targeting areas with a higher probability of incorrectly parked scooters, e.g., locations with higher footfall and public transport stations.
Additionally, a real-time tracking system monitors any possible scooter vandalism or theft attempts, automatically alerting the Bolt Patrol and broader operational teams.
Our data shows that in the first two months of Bolt Patrol’s implementation, complaints regarding poor parking decreased by 50% globally.
Bolt Patrol as a means of education
There’s more to Bolt Patrol than just cruising the streets and re-parking vehicles.
Our patrollers are also on the lookout for any improper behaviour involving shared light vehicles, such as tandem-riding or skidding. They remind riders of the dangers and applicable safety and parking rules.
“We cannot and don’t seek to punish. It’s just that people are different, and each person requires a different approach. For some, the rules are enough. For others, face-to-face interaction and dialogue is more efficient.” – Eimantas Balta, Country Manager at Bolt.
Bolt Patrol and sustainability
With sustainability at the core of everything we do, we seek to reduce our operational teams’ carbon footprint and noise pollution impact by gradually replacing petrol vehicles with electric ones.
In Oslo, for example, we have a 100% electric fleet.
Behind the scenes: What it’s like to be a Bolt patroller
We also caught up with Bolt patroller Oskars Bačiulis, based in Latvia, to ask some questions and learn about the team.
What do you like about being a Bolt patroller?
I like meeting Bolt customers in person. People approach me, ask questions, and provide feedback. It’s great that they trust Bolt Patrol and are willing to start a conversation.
I’m also happy I’m doing a valuable job by improving the urban environment.
What does your shift look like?
Before starting our patrolling shift, we usually look at a real-time map and create a route to pass by the streets with the most parked scooters.
If a scooter needs to be removed urgently, then our partners — who work 24/7 and swap batteries — take care of it.
What are the peak times for Bolt Patrol?
It depends. The busiest times are usually the beginning of the week or the holidays. As experienced Bolt patrollers, we know the places in the city where our help is generally needed and act accordingly.
Is Bolt Patrol a viable solution for combatting poor scooter parking?
Of course! Bolt Patrol helps to improve parking both from a preventive and corrective perspective.
On the one hand, we prevent incorrect parking by keeping parking spots in order, which helps people understand where to park. And this then creates a knock-on effect — users who see a row of nicely parked scooters will be less likely to park improperly.
We also intervene to correct poor parking. Our goal? Making sure poorly parked scooters obstruct public space as little as possible!
It’s also important to say that we’re only one part of the equation. A lot more is being done to improve the scooter parking situation. My colleagues at Bolt are constantly educating customers on correct parking behaviour and developing new in-app features.
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