Tees Valley has become one of the first pilot regions to test the rental of e-scooters as an alternative to conventional public transport for shorter trips.
Launched in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square with an initial 50 e-scooters, the vehicles have now been rolled out to other locations across the town, such as the Bus Station, Riverside Park and Linthorpe Village with many more planned. They have recently been introduced into Hartlepool and Redcar with further trials in Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees set to begin in the coming months. When the pilot is at full strength, up to 500 of the battery-powered vehicles will be on the region’s roads and cycleways.
Scooters cost £2 per 20 minutes and riders must be over the age of 18 with at least a provisional driving licence. E-scooters can be ridden on roads and cycleways but not used on pavements or in pedestrianised zones. To get started, download the Ginger Shared Transport app, set up an account, and then visit one of the e-scooter hubs to unlock a vehicle to use.
Each parking location is strictly geo-fenced so users must leave their e-scooters in these locations at the end of the ride, otherwise they will continue to be charged.
Ginger, the UK based e-scooter company delivering the trial with the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, has designed the scheme’s infrastructure to provide a simple, cost-effective and reliable service aimed at enabling users to get from one location to another that would otherwise take too long or force people into their cars.
Ginger is responsible for the recharging of scooters and as the trial progresses Ginger will look at introducing further on-street charging and docking locations.
To find out more about the e-scooters, visit ginger.town
To find out more about the Department for Transport’s e-scooter trial, click here.