An e-scooter rental trial is coming to London next year and your borough could be involved.
This just in: TfL and London councils are collaborating on a year-long of rental e-scooters across London. Bird, Lime and other e-scooter operators will have the chance to compete for a place in the trial, which will begin next spring. It’s likely to be the largest trial of its kind in the UK, and will provide TfL with a better understanding of the e-scooters’ impact on London’s roads. 2021 is already off to a fast start!
This project is actually part of a wider initiative across TfL, London councils, and the government. The aim is to make greener transport options more accessible to Londoners, in order to improve air quality and decrease congestion. Up to three e-scooter providers will be selected for the trial and in theory, it’ll help prevent a car-led recovery from lockdown in the new year.
According to TfL “Safety will be the number one priority during this e-scooter rental trial” and each borough will therefore designate ‘no-go’ and ‘go slow’ zones. In the same vein, pavements will be completely off limits.
Around one third of London’s boroughs have already expressed interest in the trial’s initial run, with others considering joining down the line. Between 60 and 150 e-scooters will be allocated to each area at first, with the number increasing or decreasing depending on the results.
Back in July, the Department of Transport legalised e-scooters, but only for local authorities to use in rental trials. The use of privately own e-scooters on public roads are still prohibited, so don’t get any ideas!
The chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville, said “We are going ahead with this year-long trial to explore whether rented e-scooters could be a positive addition to London’s transport network, complementing walking, cycling and public transport and supporting our city-wide response to the coronavirus pandemic.”