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 Valley Police, Aylesbury Garden Town, disability groups and other interested parties in preparing for the trial and monitoring it if it goes ahead.

Transport chief Cllr Nick Naylor said: “During the coronavirus pandemic we have seen a significant reduction in car usage and consequent improvements in air quality, particularly in our town centres.

“Many more people have taken to ‘active travel’ – primarily walking and cycling – as part of their regular exercise but, with restrictions on the use of public transport many are continuing to look at other ways to travel locally for work, shopping or leisure trips and we need to look at other sustainable, socially distanced, modes of transport.

“E-scooters and other forms of micro-transport are becoming part of the street scene in many different parts of the world and it is right that we should be looking at this here in the UK. By being part of the trial locally we will be able to have a stronger influence on any future legislation that the government might bring forward.”

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