Tees Valley is one of the first pilot regions to test the rental of e-scooters as an alternative to conventional public transport for shorter trips.
The e-scooters are currently available to hire at locations across Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. The hire locations and the number of vehicles available is regularly reviewed to ensure that they are available for those who wish to use them.
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, but cannot be used on pavements, in pedestrianised zones, on cycle tracks or on shared use spaces. 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.