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Scooter Trail!!

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Wormella, Sep 16, 2020 at 2:50 PM.

  1. Wormella

    Wormella Well-Known Forumite

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    Electric scooter trial launched in Stafford
    By Jordan Reynolds | Stafford | News | Published: 18 hours ago

    People in Stafford can now get around town on hired electric scooters as part of a county trial and help to reduce carbon emissions with less car travel.

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    Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport David Williams, Richard Harris Amey Account Director in Staffordshire, Joe Lewin CEO for Zwings and Paul Hodgins CEO of Ginger
    Staffordshire County Council and transport partner Amey have joined with electric scooter providers Ginger and Zwings to launch micromobility trials in Stafford and Newcastle-Under-Lyme, as part of the ADEPT Smart Places Live Labs programme.

    The Live Labs SIMULATE programme, run by the county council and Amey, is designed to test new innovations that can radically improve mobility and air quality across Staffordshire.

    Micromobility is seen as a key addition to the future of shared transport services and a means to enable people to connect more easily and sustainably.

    The trials with e-scooter providers Ginger and Zwings, form part of the Department for Transport trials that were approved by the Government in July of this year. During this time, the county council and Amey, through the Live Labs SIMULATE programme, have been working in collaboration with Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Councils as well as with Ginger and Zwings to bring more than 150 e-scooters to the streets of Staffordshire this week.

    Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said: “The trials of rental e-scooters starting in Staffordshire could offer cleaner, efficient and more affordable travel for local communities.

    “Learning from trials already taking place, Staffordshire’s will see strict safety measures introduced - including license verification and responsible parking incentives, while also helping us better understand any impacts on public spaces.”

    Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport David Williams said: “Our electric scooter trials in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford brings us an exciting opportunity to explore alternative and green transport options for our communities. As people gradually return to their workplace, they will be able to try a new way of travelling which may reduce bus and car use.

    “The trial is part of our SIMULATE project, where selected small businesses are bringing innovation and industry expertise to find sustainable transport and clean air solutions which will bring real long-term benefits to communities and businesses. Electric vehicle development will play an integral role in future transport.


    “The county council is pleased to be a partner in the SIMULATE project. We have set out our continued to commitment to combatting climate change and transport innovation is a key part of that.”

    Staffordshire is a unique location to trial e-scooters due to its rural location and size of its local towns – far smaller than city locations that have e-scooters available.

    Ginger will be managing the e-scooters in Stafford, with Zwings responsible for the trial at Newcastle-under-Lyme. By using two providers in different locations will provide valuable data that that will be evaluated through the SIMULATE programme over the 12month period that the e-scooters will be on trial for.

    As part of trial each e-scooter provider will be operating different age restrictions. Those hiring e-scooters with Ginger need to be aged 18 and have a provisional, full drivers or motorcycle licence. Those hiring e-scooters with Zwings can do so from the age of 16 but will also need to have in their possession a provisional, full drivers or motorcycle licence.

    Staffordshire County Council is working with Amey to test not only the micromobility trials but how e-scooters can form part of the evolving mobility ecosystem for Staffordshire.
     
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  3. joshua

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    Don't know if they operate the same as the Wind electric scooters which were a nuisance and a danger in Lanzarote last year. Saw quite a few people injured , or coming close to being mowed down by them by speeding idiots belting down the pedestianised parts. Then loads parked up lying flat around the pavements for people to fall over.
     
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  5. PeterD

    PeterD ST16 Represent.

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    I think these are a really good idea, certainly for sprawling town centres but we don’t have a sprawling town centre, if this is the intention of the pilot.
    in the long term as an alternative to bikes I can see it as a positive for those that live in the further reaches of the town. Anything that gets cars off our very congested local roads is a positive right?
     
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    Tiny wheels and pot holes don't go well together.
     
  7. littleme

    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Trail or trial?
     
  8. Wormella

    Wormella Well-Known Forumite

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    I originally meant the latter but my auto correct had other ideas, the more I think about the more I like the idea of trail better, we could have checkpoints and little cones set up around town.
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    This isn't really surprising. There are many things that as a country we seem to be able to handle much less well than many of our continental cousins. Drinking responsibly being the prime example.
     
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    My mum lives in Barcelona where they have a well established bike rental scheme in the city center. Barcelona is also on a hill. Bike's are incredibly scarce commodity at the top of the hill, or half way down but plentiful at the bottom because everyone just cycles to the bottom and takes the metro back up.
     
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    Stafford should be ok then :lolsmash:
     
  14. littleme

    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Trail does sound better!
     
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    Who's liable? First time anyone gets hurt and it will be quietly scrapped. A better idea would be to spend a few quid to fill in the potholes to help cyclists.
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    I would imagine insurance will be included as part of the hire charge.
     
  17. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    I heard you need a driving licence to hire one, potential to get points?
     
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  18. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    That may be more of an identity check and a suggestion of some level of competence for whatever insurance cover there might be.


    However, having just talked to someone who was fined £200 for not 'paying' her £0-rated car tax, I wouldn't be surprised....
     
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    How did that work?
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    Even when a vehicle is zero rated, either through emissions or classic status, you still have to apply for your free VED annually.

    I know, but there it is...
     
  21. Cue

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    Yep, you can also get a fine if you don’t pay your £0 congestion charge despite the system knowing exactly what you’re driving.
     

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