Free e-scooter rides for NHS workers as Spin launches Chelmsford trial

Spin has launched its public hire e-scooter trial in Chelmsford.

Chelmsford becomes the second Essex location where Spin e-scooters are available for hire, following the December 2020 launch in Basildon.

Spin’s Everyday Heroes programme will be available immediately so that Chelmsford’s NHS workers can benefit from free 30-minute e-scooter rides.

50 e-scooters are available for hire in a geofenced area in the city. This marks the beginning of a phased rollout of Spin’s fleet that will be managed in close collaboration with Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council local residents needing to make essential trips and for all residents once the lockdown lifts.

Riding will cost 20p per minute with no unlock fee. Daily, weekly and monthly passes will be also available to those who would like to ride regularly when Government restrictions ease about essential travel.

“This trial will provide an opportunity to promote sustainable travel options, particularly for short trips and commuting, reduce traffic congestion and cut carbon emissions,” said Chelmsford Council Council’s cabinet member for sustainable development, councillor Mike Mackrory. “It will also benefit people to access their workplace in Chelmsford while social distancing is in place on public transport.”

Steve Pyer, UK country manager at Spin, added: “We’re delighted to be able to support the NHS workers of Chelmsford that are risking their own health to care for others. While the Government urges us to stay at home, essential workers need convenient, safe, socially-distanced transport modes to get to work and e-scooters provide that ease of travel in a greener way.”

Spin’s Everyday Heroes programme enables all eligible NHS workers (including doctors, nurses, cleaners, radiology and lab technicians, medical assistants, and hospital and clinic administrators) free 30 minute rides. Applicants simply need to upload an image of their NHS ID and register on the dedicated webpage and will then receive a unique code via email for use in the Spin App.

The Spin App is also customised to Chelmsford City Council’s specific rules and needs to ensure the safety of all road users (pedestrians, cars, cyclists, those with sight and hearing loss). Such rules include speed restrictions, geofencing to enforce no riding areas and designated parking areas. Every new rider must view this comprehensive set of rules and instructions and complete a safety test before they can take their first ride.

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