The Nottingham trial will see key workers able to hire an e-scooter at a discounted price of £30 per month, and short term rental paid by the minute available to visitors, students and the wider public.
Wind Mobility is making more than 200 electric scooters available to hire in Nottingham during a 12-month trial.
From 27 October, people living and working in Nottingham will be able to hire an e-scooter for a month or up to a year. On-street rental by the minute will be available to everyone, accessed using the Wind Mobility app.
Key workers will be able to sign up for long-term rentals of the e-scooters at a discounted price, during which time they will be able to take the e-scooter home for exclusive use.
Councillor Adele Williams, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “E-scooters will provide a greener travel option for people travelling in Nottingham. This has become especially important as we plan our recovery from COVID-19 and try to encourage people to travel in different ways while social distancing is in place.
“E-scooters offer the potential for convenient, clean and affordable travel, and to reduce journeys made by car to ease congestion and lower harmful emissions.”
Wind Mobility will also be operating a e-scooter scheme in Derby, with details due to be confirmed by Derby City Council in the near future.
“I am happy that Derby has been selected to run this government trial which means that e-scooters are a new alternative choice for green travel in our city,” commented Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transportation at Derby City Council.
“There’s no doubt that they offer a cheap and clean way to travel around Derby, improving not just the air quality in our city, but also the user’s physical and mental health at a time when that is more important than ever.”
With safety naturally being at the forefront of thinking at this time, Wind Mobility’s e-scooters are highly visible, and the fleet is being fitted with integrated helmets. Hand sanitiser will also be provided on each scooter, and safety risks reviewed regularly throughout the trial.