New ‘green’ form of transport now live in Scunthope!
A major trial of electric scooters across Scunthorpe has been launched by North Lincolnshire Council after funding was confirmed for the 12-month trial which sees 20 e-scooters made available for hire via an app from five stations located across town.
It comes as part of the council’s plans to encourage people to use affordable, greener forms of transport and improve our air quality.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“Safety will clearly be a priority during this e-scooter rental trial, though our aims are to provide a whole range of clean, green transport opportunities for people across the area”.
“The smart technology will be critical in providing further information and insight as to how e-scooters can become a viable, long term part of a greener and healthier future for Scunthorpe”.
The trial is being run in partnership with shared transport service providers Ginger, which is financing the project.
The main focus of the trial is in and around the Central Park area of Scunthorpe, supporting the colleges, University Campus and Pods leisure centre.
The e-scooters will be lockable, unlockable and traceable through an app which can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices.
Geofencing technology will be used to control where the scooters can and cannot be used, such as pedestrian areas and also if they are not returned to a charging station.
With a range of up to 15 miles per charge and a top speed of 10 mph, the scooters will be fit for use on the road and in cycle lanes, but not on pavements.
Following the launch, usage will be monitored and the locations may be changed.
They are priced in line with existing public transport methods, currently costing £2 for 20 minutes.
Young people who need support to make the journey to work or training can now rent one of ten new electric scooters from North Lincolnshire Council.
Photo: North Lincolnshire Council.
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