Ride-hailing app Bolt launches in Edinburgh

The UK’s second largest ride-hailing app is crossing the border into Scotland with its latest launch in Edinburgh.

Bolt was founded in 2013 and currently has around four million customers across the UK.

The company has 75 million customers in 45 countries across Europe and Africa, offering ride-hailing, shared cars and scooters, as well as food and grocery delivery.

To mark its Scottish market entry, Bolt is making a £20,300 donation to the TreeTime Edinburgh initiative, run by Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust.

This will help the charity to replace larger strategically positioned trees, as well as contributing to extending woodland areas and parks around the city with young saplings.

Bolt has donated to a charity planting a number of larger trees beside Edinburgh's busy roads
Bolt has donated to a charity planting a number of larger trees beside Edinburgh’s busy roads

Sam Raciti, Bolt’s UK general manager, said: “Launching into Edinburgh and Scotland is a big step for Bolt.

“We take our responsibility in supporting the communities we operate within seriously and it was only right that we helped support the sustainability goals of the UK’s second greenest city through our partnership with TreeTime Edinburgh.”

Charlie Cumming, chief executive at Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust, added: “We’ve calculated that the city needs to be planting roughly 6,500 trees every year to compensate for the trees we lose due to disease and Bolt’s donation and commitment will help us significantly.”

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