Groundbreaking Pilot Project for Public Transport in Munich: and S-Bahn München Unveil "S-Bahn Scooters"

  • Rental scooters now available for trips to work or back home from Munich's S-Bahn stations
  • Innovative intermodal mobility concept for areas outside the inner city
Step off the train at the S-Bahn station, hop on a scooter, and zip to work or back home: That's the idea behind the new transport service the Munich-based scooter-sharing company and S-Bahn München have just launched on the east side of Munich, Germany. This concept is designed to offer S-Bahn passengers a flexible and attractive alternative to driving, cycling, or wearing out their own two feet on their everyday travels.

Right now, five "S-Bahn scooters" - which feature the logo and an exclusive S-Bahn München look - stand ready to provide this new public transport service at the Berg am Laim station. Those interested can use the app to view, reserve, and rent the vehicles. After reaching their destination, riders can simply leave their scooter in any approved public location within's coverage area, which saves the time and energy they would normally spend looking for a parking space. Meanwhile, relocates its scooters on a regular basis to ensure optimal availability around the Berg am Laim station.

For those already thinking that it would take a fair bit of money to buy their own helmet and start using this service, think again - headgear comes standard with every scooter! Plus, the first 500 new customers who register with and present their corresponding confirmation at the S-Bahn customer service centre at Munich's main train station will receive their very own under-helmet balaclava.

For the specific purposes of this innovative pilot project, expanded its coverage area in the Bavarian capital towards Trudering/Am Moosfeld.

"We're very excited to be exploring forward-thinking avenues in intermodal urban transport with a partner as innovative and open-minded as S-Bahn München. Together, we've succeeded in creating an attractive mobility service in a very short period of time in our S-Bahn scooters, which cater in particular to people who live on the outskirts of the city and may be interested in a new means of covering the last mile between work or home and their closest public transport station," explains Magnus Schmidt, CEO of scoo mobility GmbH. "Through this service, we're not only demonstrating how an intelligent combination of public transport structures and sharing-economy methods can offer an appealing alternative to cars, especially in cities with a lot of traffic congestion; we've seen scooter sharing resonate with large numbers of people in a wide variety of usage scenarios, as well."

"Our pilot cooperation with has enabled us to offer our passengers a convenient - and particularly during the summer, very popular - means of transport that bridges the gap between the S-Bahn station at Berg am Laim and the Steinhausen business park," adds Erika Graf, heading of marketing at S-Bahn München. "This is why we're also calling the S-Bahn scooters our 'S5 line' in reference to Munich's S-Bahn network."

About S-Bahn München
S-Bahn München's local trains have been connecting Munich with its surroundings and beyond since 1972.

Every working day, some 840,000 passengers ride the S-Bahn - that's more than two-thirds of all patrons of Bavaria's local railway services. S-Bahn München's seasoned team of around a thousand professional employees work round the clock to make sure everything runs smoothly. On a rail network spanning 434 kilometres, the authority's trains provide fast, often direct service to those looking to travel into the city and back again. Serving as the backbone of this grid is the S-Bahn's trunk line, which completes over a thousand journeys a day at two-minute intervals, making it one of the most-travelled routes in the world. Together with its partners in Munich's association of public transport authorities (MVV), S-Bahn München offers fast, convenient, and environmentally friendly local transport services throughout the metropolitan region.

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Simple. Fast. Digital. - About scoo mobility and
scoo mobility GmbH is a new urban mobility provider headquartered in Munich, Germany. The market leader in the scooter-sharing segment, this young company, supported by ESA BIC Bavaria, focuses on offering its target users - modern, lifestyle-oriented people interested in preserving the environment - access to the rental platform They can then use its fleet of keyless scooters as a fast, simple, and flexible means of getting around cities and their surroundings. All of these high-quality Piaggio (Vespa) and Peugeot models feature a seat for two, a helmet, and highly efficient motors. Each of the company's scooters also sports the logo and a unique number that makes it easy to identify. Through this rent-a-scooter concept, which has been rolled out in Munich and Cologne thus far, scoo mobility hopes to provide coverage to areas underserved by car-sharing, bike-sharing, and public transport services.

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