E-scooter trial expands to Bristol suburbs
Following the successful launch of the West of England Combined Authority’s e-scooter trial in October the operating area for e-scooters has been expanded in Bristol and Bath.
The expansion will allow people to reach new destinations by e-scooter beyond the city centre including Bishopston, St Werburghs, St Andrews and Redland.
It comes as e-scooter operator Voi announced that the Voi-4-Heroes programme is to be reintroduced during the new lockdown period. The scheme gives free rides to NHS workers, emergency service personnel and the armed forces offering an alternative way to access essential work.
The 12-month trial introduced 100 rental e-scooters in central Bristol and 50 scooters in central Bath. In Bristol there have been over 50,000 rides taken by over 14,000 unique riders with over 127,000 km travelled since the launch. To service the new expanded areas the numbers of scooters will gradually increase to 450 in Bristol.
E-scooters are available to unlock for £0.99 and cost 14p per minute. There are also a variety of subscriptions available, as well as discounted passes for students, key workers, and those on low-incomes. To unlock an e-scooter, riders can download the Voi app, (available on iOS and Android) must be 18 years old or over and have a valid UK driving licence (full or provisional).
There is also a second scheme which is also run by Voi, where people hire a scooter for longer periods of time and use the scooter as if it were their own vehicle. This scheme will be active from 18 January with limited numbers and will cover the entirety of the WECA area which includes all of the area covered by Bristol City Council, except again in parks and certain roads such as Motorways.
Only hire scooters are legal anywhere public, and so commuting with private e-scooters isn’t allowed. The police have seized and destroyed some illegal private scooters.
Richard Corbett, regional general manager of UK, Ireland and Benelux for Voi, said: “The trial has been really well received and we are delighted to be expanding our operational area to meet the growing demand for this socially distanced mode of transport. As more residents, particularly key workers, use our e-scooters to go about their daily lives, the number of short car journeys will be reduced, leading to cuts in carbon emissions and congestion and ultimately creating better cities for living."
To view the expanded boundary, visit the Voi app at: www.voiscooters.com/