Neuron’s e-scooters are coming to Newcastle with a trial set to begin in early 2021.
The company said it looks forward to partnering with Newcastle City Council to deliver a ‘safe, socially-distanced and environmentally-friendly’ service. The trial, subject to final Government approval, will see an initial roll-out of 250 e-scooters in the first month of operation with the number ‘significantly increasing’ over the course of the 12-month trial.
Neuron’s N3 e-scooters are fitted with a range of safety features including the ‘world’s first’ app-controlled helmet lock which secures a helmet to every e-scooter in between trips, topple detection, a 999 emergency button, voice guidance to educate and warn riders on how to ride safely, a “Follow my Ride” function, and the use of geofencing technology to control where e-scooters can be ridden and parked, and how fast they can travel.
Each e-scooter will be fitted with a unique license plate and Neuron will also be launching a range of ‘smart parking’ initiatives to control and promote safe parking.
Earlier this year, Newcastle was declared the ‘most e-scooter friendly’ city in the UK, according to Uswitch research. The data is based on air quality, pothole complaints, bike thefts and planned cycle lanes to give a maximum score out of 70, with Newcastle scoring 50.