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E-scooters and e-bikes

E-scooters and e-bikes are available to use to shuttle across campus or to travel into the city centre. 

Supplied and operated across the entire city by TIER, an external supplier, e-scooters and e-bikes are a quick, easy and sustainable way to travel to the city centre or across campuses. There are multiple parking bays situated on campus and in the city, so make sure you check the TIER app before starting your ride to plan your journey. 

Don't drink and ride
Please remember that e-scooters and e-bikes are classed as vehicles. You will need to have a provisional or full UK driving licence to operate one, as well as obey drink and drug driving laws. Careless and dangerous driving offences apply to all users of e-scooters/e-bikes, so please don't drink and ride.


How it works

  1. Before you can use an e-scooter or bike you'll need to download the TIER app.
  2. If you are using an e-scooter, you'll also need to have your driving licence verified.
  3. Next, we strongly suggest you complete the AA-led ride safe school resources via the app.
  4. You can then use the app to access e-scooters and e-bikes, see routes and find where to park.

Watch Bea's top tips in the video to learn more about using e-scooters and e-bikes on campus.

Download the TIER app

Where can I use an e-scooter or bike?

Bikes can be used anywhere, while there are two main areas around the university within which the e-scooters can be used.

Student Shuttle: This is a student shuttle to and from Campus East and West. E-scooters for this route are parked outside the Spring Lane Building on Campus West and the Campus East Bus Interchange Car Park on Campus East. The route in both directions is via Church Lane then along Field Lane on the existing off-road cycle path.

City Service: If you would like to access the city centre or other areas of York from campus, e-scooters found in the following locations can be used:

Market Square, Wentworth Graduate College, Campus East, Spring Lane Building, Halifax College, Alcuin College, James College and the Sports Centre on Campus West. 

Users can travel on any of the routes indicated on the app. Bikes and e-scooters should be parked in the areas indicated on the app. In order to end the trip you will need to park in a specific zone.

How safe are they to ride?

  • Technology is built into the vehicles to ensure they are only used on specified routes and parked in designated areas.
  • Scooters have a limited speed which automatically adjusts as the scooter enters an area with lower speed limits.
  • Cycle helmets are built into the e-scooter, with sanitizing wipes within the helmet section. If using a bike, you should bring your own helmet with you.
  • Anybody wishing to use an e-scooter or bike must download the TIER app and scooter users must also have their driving licence verified (a provisional license is sufficient).
  • A dedicated team will regularly patrol the routes.

TIER have also worked with the AA to create a wide range of safety resources designed to educate riders on safe e-scooter and e-bike use. All riders will have access to the e-learning module and we strongly encourage you to undertake this before embarking on your first trip.

How clean are the scooters and bikes?

Sustainable transport

Cycling, walking and reducing car use where possible can have both positive health and environmental benefits. The University has a variety of initiatives on offer to help you keep active and reduce your carbon footprint.

Sustainable transport initiatives