A 12-month e-scooter trial has now begun in Bristol and Bath giving residents and visitors a new sustainable way to travel in the region.
The trial is being led by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils, and has been accelerated to offer a new low-carbon way to travel while bus and train capacity is limited due to social distancing measures. Leading e-scooter operator Voi is operating the scheme and will create more than 60 jobs in the region during the trial.
• 50 e-scooters will be available in Bath and 100 in Bristol and then more will be gradually introduced
• E-scooters will be available to unlock for £1 and cost 20p per minute. There are also a variety of subscriptions available, as well as discounted passes for students, key workers, and those on low-incomes
• To ride a Voi e-scooter, a user must have a provisional driving licence and be at least 18 years old
Safety is a priority for the trial, and Voi have put in place safety measures including, driving licence checks, number plates, rider safety training and helmet giveaways to ensure the safe use of the scooters. WECA and Voi have also worked closely with groups representing vulnerable road users and will continue to do so throughout the trial to address any concerns.
• Privately owned e-scooters remain illegal to use on roads, pavements, parks and any other public areas
• Only e-scooters that are hired or leased through the West of England’s trial can be used legally on roads, cycle lanes or cycle tracks
• E-scooters cannot be used on pavements
• Initially, scooters will not exceed 10mph and will be slower in some areas
• Driving licence and identity checks will be required
• GPS technology is used to create no-ride zones and slow-speed zones
• All scooters cleaned and disinfected every 24 hours