ON YER SCOOTER : Newcastle’s E-scooter trial has begun
Newcastle’s e-scooter rental trial has begun, with 250 distinctive orange e-scooters deployed across the city. The number will ramp up significantly as the trial continues. The 12-month trial, operated by Neuron Mobility in partnership with Newcastle City Council, will provide the city with a safe, socially-distanced and environmentally-friendly transport option for those that must travel.
The trial was approved by the Government, following a successful bid by the city council and Neuron last year. The Department for Transport has called for the trial to be launched as quickly as possible so that the e-scooters can be offered to those needing to make essential journeys during Covid restrictions.
To kick off the trial -- and to respond to the COVID-19 situation in the city -- Neuron is providing free passes to NHS and Emergency Services staff during the national lockdown, redeemable through the rates and passes section of the Neuron app. During the first three months the company will also offer free rides for commuters between 5am to 9am daily. As the COVID-19 situation improves there will also be more offers including those for university students and people on low incomes.
The e-scooters are GPS-enabled and Neuron and Newcastle City Council will use Geofencing technologyto control where they are ridden and parked, and how fast they can travel in certain areas by creating slow-zones, no-ride zones and no-parking zones. Each e-scooter will be fitted with a unique license plate for easy identification and to promote responsible use.
Neuron is deploying a dedicated safety team as part of the trial. They are armed with hospital-grade disinfectant to keep e-scooters and helmets completely clean and germ-free. Teams will be moving e-scooters to where they are needed most, assisting new riders with signing up on the app, and will deliver practical tips for safe riding.
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