Nottingham’s e-scooter trial to continue until May 2024
The trial extension will allow Superpedestrian, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, to further diversify e-scooter ridership by encouraging more women and older people to give the micro-mobility vehicles a try.
Nottingham City Council has announced that its e-scooter trial, which started in autumn 2020, has been extended until May 2024, following the Department for Transport’s (DfT) announcement that local authorities now have the option of carrying on with the trials up to this point.
Nottingham is one of many cities trialling e-scooters, and learning made in the city will be used to plan the smooth integration of the micro-mobility vehicles into cities around the UK, if they are legalised in the future.
The city’s e-scooter operator, Superpedestrian, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, will be using the rest of the trial to focus on measures to improve it further, as well as working to get more women and older people to give the e-scooters a try, by:
- Piloting Pedestrian Defence technology and evaluating its effectiveness in reducing pavement riding
- Introducing a revised subscription offer in the form of monthly passes for regular users
- Broadening demographics through education and events to attract more women, older people and provide information for motorists on interacting with e-scooter users on the highway
- Continuing engagement with stakeholders, disability groups and community groups to continue to address issues as they arise
- Feeding learning back to DfT to help with its national evaluation.
Councillor Audra Wynter, said: “It’s good news that the e-scooter trial will continue to run until spring 2024. We are continuing to learn new things, listen to feedback and make improvements along with our partners at Superpedestrian, to inform a future scheme if e-scooters are rolled out nationwide.
“We’re thrilled about the continuation of Nottingham’s e-scooter trial,” said Jean Andrews, Policy Director at Superpedestrian. “In the next year of operation, we’ll be bringing more upgraded technology and continuing to educate riders about safe riding and parking. Superpedestrian takes seriously our role in this community as both a transport provider and community partner.”
Since the e-scooter trial’s launch in the city, more than two million rides have been made and five million kilometres travelled. With 1,000 e-scooters available in 400 locations, on average 3,500 rides are made each day, making Nottingham one of the most popular e-scooter trial locations in the UK.
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