Infrastructure

Market trends, Government policies and infrastructure updates

West Midlands cycle hire scheme to launch next year with 1,500 bikes

A new cycle hire scheme is due to launch across the West Midlands next year. The operator of London’s Santander Cycles has been appointed by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to offer bikes for hire in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Wolverhampton and Walsall from next spring. Contractor Serco will …

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Tier launches UK and Ireland Safety Board to raise e-scooter safety standards

Tier has launched a UK and Ireland Safety Board to ‘raise the bar’ for safety standards across the e-scooter sector. The board comprises senior independent experts in road safety, COVID risk, accessibility and visual impairment, with figures representing Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety, UCL Centre for Transport Studies, Transport …

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Government ‘promises decision’ on legal status of e-scooters following trials

Understanding the positive and negative impacts of electric scooters from the data and evidence of current on-road trials will be key to the decision about whether they will be legalised, the Government has told the Transport Committee. The Transport Committee has published the Government’s Response to its report, E-scooters: pavement …

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E-scooter trial to be launched in Chester

People in Chester will soon be able to get around using hired electric scooters as part of a trial to encourage greener travel methods. Cheshire West and Chester Council, in partnership with e-scooter provider Ginger, will launch a 12-month trial in the city from Monday, 21st December. The trial is …

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Electrifying the transport sector

The Ebike Summit 2020, in partnership with EDF Energy, took place online last month, with speakers discussing how the e-bike industry can help promote sustainable transport. Rebecca Morley looks at what this means moving forward E-bikes have been growing in popularity for some time – offering people an easier, sweat-free …

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Lime and Citymapper partner to help cities drive sustainable transport recoveries

Lime has partnered with Citymapper, allowing users to locate Lime e-bikes and scooters in 21 cities around the world. It will create a streamlined user experience to encourage more people out of their cars as they get moving again following recent lockdown measures. Users will quickly be able to find …

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Voi e-scooters arriving in two new UK towns this week

Voi will launch services in Kettering and West Bromwich town centres this week. Initially, there will be 50 scooters available to rent in Kettering from 4am to 11pm. In Sandwell, there will be 25 Voi scooters available to hire close to West Bromwich town centre with more set to be …

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Voi e-bike scheme to launch in Cambridge and Peterborough next month

People in Cambridge and Peterborough city centres will soon be able to publicly hire electric bikes as they are rolled out by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in collaboration with Voi Technology. From the 12th January 2021, the public will be able to enjoy greener and healthier journeys on …

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Cycling UK warns of ‘crippling’ congestion post-pandemic

Cycling UK has warned that an increase in private car use could lead to ‘crippling’ congestion and cost the economy over £15 billion per year, unless more is done to make it easier for people to walk and cycle shorter distances. The charity has raised its concerns as England emerges …

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Buckinghamshire’s e-scooter trials see ‘electrifying’ start

E-scooters running in Aylesbury and High Wycombe have covered the equivalent of travelling from New York to Los Angeles in their first full week of operation, Buckinghamshire Council and operator Zipp Mobility have said. The 50 strong fleet of e-scooters, which were used over 1,330 times, clocked up more than …

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