E-scooters could be banned from Thames Path by H&F council

Image above: Thames Path; photograph Steve Anderson

Consultation open to restrict use of e-scooters, segways, mopeds and e-bikes

E-bikes and scooters could be banned from the Thames Path in 2023 should residents choose to restrict their use.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council received complaints from residents in 2022 about the speed which the scooters travel, obstructions on public walkways, and potential collisions with walkers and other cyclists.

In response, LB Hammersmith and Fulham is now considering introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to prohibit the riding of e-scooters and e-bikes and other motorised vehicles along the Thames Path.

The council is also considering the prohibition of ‘reckless riding’ of pedal cycles and whether to include segways, mopeds, quad bicycles and hoverboards. These rules would not apply to mobility scooters or other mobility aids.

A Public Spaces Protection Order, which if introduced would be in force for three years, would allow Police and Law Enforcement Officers to issue fines to people using these vehicles along the Thames Path, from the west end of the borough in Hammersmith to the east in Fulham.

H&F Council is now seeking residents’ views on whether these restrictions should be introduced and if so, whether they should apply between 8.00am-8.00pm (seven days a week), 24 hours a day (seven days a week) or something else.

To have your say, complete the survey on the council’s website.

This consultation will run throughout January 2023, closing on Sunday 29 January.

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