Wind Mobility’s electric scooters have been used for more than 500,000 rides in Nottingham since the launch of the trial last October.
Currently, 600 e-scooters are deployed within the boundaries of Nottingham City Council, and with COVID-19 restrictions easing and warmer weather, Wind has seen a significant increase in rides.
“Half a million rides in less than eight months since the start of the trial shows the high popularity of our e-scooters among residents of Nottingham,” said Lukasz Rybak, city operations manager Nottingham at Wind. “With up to ten rides per scooter per day, Nottingham’s e-scooter trial is one of the most popular trials in the UK.
“We see a high number of rides during the morning and early evening hours indicating that many residents of Nottingham use our e-scooters for their daily commute. On average, each scooter is used for an average distance of 1.5 miles. We expect to hit one million rides well before the end of the year.
“One of the major factors contributing to the popularity of the e-scooter scheme is the low price as Wind is offering an affordable service at 12p per minute and a long-term subscription model for key workers at only 30£ per month.”
Councillor Rosemary Healy, portfolio holder for transport, added: “Nottingham’s scheme is one of around 40 Government-backed trials taking place across the country, looking at whether e-scooters could provide a clean, convenient and affordable way to get around, replacing shorter car journeys and helping to lower carbon emissions and improve air quality.
“We’re pleased that people have really engaged with the trial and the popularity has been very encouraging. However, as with any form of transport, we are reliant on users behaving responsibly, and we will continue to work with Wind and Nottinghamshire Police on further measures to enforce the rules and to deter irresponsible and illegal riding.”