E-scooters make it to Kingswood
A TRIAL of rental e-scooters has finally been extended to the Kingswood area.
The ‘hop-on hop-off’ green travel scheme was launched in central Bristol and Bath last October.
Use of the scooters is free to to NHS workers, emergency service personnel and there are discounts for students and those on low incomes. For everyone else, E-scooters are available to unlock for £0.99 and cost 14p per minute.
New areas in the trial include Kingswood, Hanham, Hillfields, St George, Mangotsfield, Downend and Staple Hill.
Since the West of England launch, there have been over 225,000 rides taken and almost 615,000 miles travelled.
Metro Mayor Tim Bowles said: “The West of England has really embraced our e-scooter trial and I’m pleased that many more people will now have a chance to benefit from this low-carbon alternative to the car for short journeys to access essential work and services.
“I’ve been particularly keen to expand the trial to include hospitals in the region. This means that more NHS staff have access to this new green form of transport and can take advantage during lockdown of the Voi for Heroes scheme. E-scooters provide a greener, cleaner option for residents.”
Councillor Steve Reade, South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, environment and strategic infrastructure, said: “The continued expansion of the e-scooter trial is enabling more people to consider greener travel options, especially as schools and businesses begin reopen. If we are to achieve our Climate Emergency goals, we all need to look for low-carbon alternatives, especially for those local journeys.
“The e-scooter trial provides another option for the people who want to help reduce congestion and emissions, improve air quality and keep South Gloucestershire moving.”
To unlock an e-scooter, riders can download the Voi app, (available for free on iOS and Android), they must be 18 years old or over and have a valid UK driving licence (full or provisional). Safety measures against Covid-19 include equipping all handlebars with anti-bacterial copper tape and ensuring vehicles are regularly disinfected. Users are encouraged to wear cycle helmets.
Only e-scooters hired or leased through the trial can be used legally on roads, cycle lanes or cycle tracks.Privately owned e-scooters remain illegal to use on roads, pavements, parks and any other areas. The only place that privately owned e-scooters can legally be used is on private land with the permission of the landowner.
To view the expanded boundary, visit the Voi app. Download here: https://www.voiscooters.com/
For more information visit: https://travelwest.info/projects/e-scooter-trial