TfL extends E-scooter trial to November

Image above: E-scooters

Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils have extended the capital’s trial of rental e-scooters from 6 June until 20 November this year, which TfL say will allow the trial to “build on its successes and further explore how e-scooters could play a role in a sustainable transport network.”

London’s trial was launched in June 2021 and has expanded significantly since then, with ten boroughs, more than 500 designated parking locations and 4,100 e-scooter vehicles now involved.

Since launching almost one year ago, more than one million journeys have now been made across the three operators taking part in London’s trial – Dott, Lime and TIER. These journeys cover a total of more than 2.5 million kilometres, with April being the busiest month so far.

TfL said thousands of users have also benefited from the operators’ discount schemes, which have made the rental vehicles more affordable for people on low incomes.

The Government’s forthcoming Transport Bill, if passed, will introduce a new category of low-speed, zero-emission vehicles, which could include e-scooters, and ensure they are regulated, safe and licensed. TfL and London Councils have welcomed this development, which they say has the potential to make important improvements to the safety of private e-scooters, which are not currently regulated.

Image above: E-scooters at Fisher’s Lane in Chiswick

E-scooters important to ensure green sustainable future, say TfL

Will Norman, London’s Walking & Cycling Commissioner, said:

“London’s e-scooter trial has proven to be very popular, with more than 1 million trips taken, so I am pleased that TfL and London Councils have been able to extend the trial to November. The trial is helping to shape our understanding of the role that e-scooters could play in the capital’s transport network and helping to inform future Government legislation on these vehicles. Ensuring a green, sustainable future for London is a top priority – with the right regulations that prioritise safety, e-scooters are an alternative to cars that could help us get there.”

Helen Sharp, TfL’s e-scooter trial lead, said:

“E-scooters could play an important role in ensuring a green and sustainable future for London and we’re really pleased to be able to extend the e-scooter trial to November. We’re working closely with operators, councils and people across London to build on the success of the trial so far and we’re pleased that people will continue to benefit until the autumn. The anonymised data we gather is crucial and we’ll be analysing this closely so that we can learn more about the role e-scooters could play in helping people move around London sustainably.”

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