Market trends, Government policies and infrastructure updates

High Wycombe, Aylesbury could join e-scooter trials next week

E-scooters could arrive in High Wycombe and Aylesbury in September as part of the ongoing UK trials. Buckinghamshire Council is currently applying to be part of the 12-month trial, which would see e-scooters rented out with speed restrictions of 15mph. The local council is said to be working with Thames …

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Zipp Mobility approved for UK e-scooter trials

Zipp Mobility has been cleared by the DfT to partake in UK e-scooter trials as part of a strategy to explore greener and more socially-distanced methods of urban transport. The Dublin-based micromobility start-up, founded as recently as 2019, provides dockless e-scooters and is headquartered at the Centre for New Ventures …

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Chicago launches second e-scooter pilot with Bird, Lime and Spin

Chicago has begun its second e-scooter pilot with new rules implemented to enforce more organised parking. Micromobility firms Bird, Lime and Spin have been licensed to distribute 9,999 e-scooters between them; 3,333 each. 

The scooters will be available to ride between 5am and 10pm. Helmets are encouraged but not required, …

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Tailor-made GPS navigation arrives for e-bikes and e-scooters

A free navigation app designed specifically for micromobility has been launched on Android and iOS. ScootRoute works in cities and suburbs, letting riders select specific perimeters to receive customized turn-by-turn GPS directions. Factors such as hill-climbing tolerance, traffic, bike lane availability, road type, and speed limits can be adjusted by …

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Transport authorities need ‘more ambition’ to tackle change

Public transport vouchers for people who scrap ageing cars and encouraging GPs to ‘prescribe cycling’ are among plans tabled by a mobility charity to a Holyrood inquiry. CoMoUK has submitted a number of recommendations to the Scottish Parliament’s Green Recovery inquiry. The organisation aims to reduce car use by encouraging …

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UK Government facing ‘transport crisis’

The UK is facing a ‘transport crisis’ and requires ‘urgent action’ according to Pure Electric. The micromobility firm has written to the Government urging them to prevent the UK from being overwhelmed as commuters return to work and children return to school next month. While cycling and walking activity increased …

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Cambridgeshire, Peterborough poised for Voi e-scooter launch

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are set to play host to expanded e-scooter trials as European operator Voi arrives in the UK. The European operator has been appointed on a 12-month trial basis to provide both e-bikes and e-scooters across the region. E-scooters will be tested in the centre of Cambridge in …

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Two-thirds of Brits may avoid public transport post-lockdown

New research from National Rail and Cycling UK has found that two-thirds (65%) of Brits may avoid public transport as the nation returns to office work. The data shows that one-fifth of Britons are weighing up commuting to work by bike, while a further 22% were concerned their bike would …

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“Small number of idiots” will not halt e-scooter trials

The roll-out of e-scooters throughout Teeside is expected to go ahead despite reports of misuse. The company behind the UK’s first trial rental scheme, Ginger, said it recognises the issues and is making changes, including increased checks. The rides are expected to be available in Redcar and Hartlepool in late …

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