AN innovative e-scooter trial has been launched in Copeland – and members of the public can now take part.
Eighty e-scooters are available for hire from today from their base at Westlakes Science Park and various locations around Whitehaven, with rental times ranging from 20 minutes to 24 hours.
Rental costs start at £2 for the first 20 minutes, and the Segway MAX models can move at up to 11mph with their use permitted on public highways in and around Whitehaven and some surrounding areas, including Westlakes Science Park. Copeland is one of a number of trial areas chosen to assess the safety and impacts of e-scooters on the road, part of the Government’s Future of Transport regulatory review.
Ginger, which provides electric scooters in cities across the UK, is partnering with Copeland Borough Council to deliver the pilot project. The number of e-scooters available, and their locations, can be increased dependent on demand.
Pat Graham, Copeland Council’s chief executive, said: “This is a unique opportunity for Copeland to be involved in a pilot scheme.
“It fits in entirely with our council’s strategy of clean technology capability, and offers our residents, workers and visitors the chance to experience the enjoyment and benefits of replacing a car or public transport journey with this low-carbon, affordable and fun alternative.”
Paul Hodgins, chief executive of Ginger, said: “We are very excited to be bringing one of the national e-scooter pilots to Whitehaven.
“We believe in the ability of these vehicles to transform local transport for the better, and we are keen to demonstrate that in Whitehaven.”
With a lot of excitement generated by our readers, they shared their thoughts on the scooters. Adrian Strand liked the pricing. He said: “£2 for 20 mins is brilliant!”
Julie Hodginson, thought: “Anything good for the environment has my vote.” Dave Craig, responded: “Good idea!”