Infrastructure

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UK rental e-scooter trials to be allowed from this weekend

New regulations allowing trials of rental e-scooters will come into force on Saturday 4th July, transport minister Rachel Maclean has announced. The first trials are expected to begin the following week. Local authorities and devolved administrations hosting the trials can allow or run the rental schemes in their areas, as …

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Lime rolls out 1,000 e-scooters in Rome

Lime has rolled out 1,000 e-scooters in Rome. The new fleet will initially be available in the historic centre, and in the Esquilino and San Giovanni districts. The urban mobility company has been cooperating with the local administration in order to ensure safety for both riders and other members of …

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E-scooter hire scheme launches in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Council has fast-tracked an e-scooter hire trial as part of a plan to explore alternatives to short car journeys. The council expects to provide a 50-strong fleet of the innovative e-scooters to pilot among council employees. If the trial proves a success, the e-scooters would be extended publicly …

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E-cargo bikes to help local council deliver goods and services

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town has received funding for a fleet of e-cargo bikes that will enable local council services to move away from traditional van and car use and towards active and sustainable travel. Arriving in Harlow this summer, the e-cargo bikes will have a container for transporting goods …

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UK puts £90 million into three ‘future transport zones’

The UK Government has pledged £90 million to three ‘future transport zones’ to test new ways of transporting people and goods. In essence, the money will go towards enabling local authorities to introduce such things as app-based transport services, some of which contain Mobility as a Service (MaaS) or driverless …

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E-scooters could be limited to 12.5mph in UK

E-scooters will be limited to 12.5mph when they are trialled in the UK next month, while an ongoing consultation will decide the final rules that will apply to the vehicles when they are fully legalised for road use. Anyone who uses an e-scooter during the trial period will need to …

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£24 million fund awarded to WECA for new major regional transport study

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is spearheading a £28million project to test how people will get around in future. It includes trialling e-scooters – currently illegal on UK roads and pavements – that commuters could hire for the first and last mile of their journey to the workplace …

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E-bike use ‘could cut car emissions by up to 50%’

E-bikes could cut car carbon dioxide emissions in England by up to 50% if used to replace car travel, University of Leeds researchers from the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) have found. This equates to about 30 million tonnes per year, researchers said. Even replacing just 20% …

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New £10 million bike hire scheme arriving in Manchester

A new £10 million bike hire scheme will arrive in Manchester in 2021. The initial phase of the project – which claims lessons have been learned from the unsuccessful Mobike rollout – will provide around 1,500 bikes to the Greater Manchester area in the spring. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority …

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Tel Aviv to double city’s bike paths by 2025

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality has approved a strategic plan aimed at doubling the length of bike paths in the city from 140 kilometres to 300 kilometres by 2025. The plan also aims to increase the number of personal vehicle journeys in the city in the next five years, from 11% …

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