Newcastle E-scooter Rental Trial
Newcastle’s 12-month e-scooter rental trial began on 16 February.
18:13 17 February 2021
Newcastle’s e-scooter rental trial, which aims to provide the city with a “safe, socially-distanced and environmentally-friendly transport option” began on 16 February. The scheme will see 250 distinctive orange scooters deployed across the city starting Tuesday.
The trial is operated by Neuron Mobility in partnership with Newcastle City Council. It was approved by the Department of Transport to provide individuals who need to make essential journeys during Covid restrictions. NHS and Emergency Services staff are provided with free passes during the national lockdown to ensure that they are able to perform their duties safely during the pandemic.
Zachary Wang, CEO of Neuron Mobility, said: “We are delighted to partner with Newcastle City Council, e-scooters are a great socially-distanced transport option for those that really must travel. We’ve decided to provide free passes to NHS workers and also the Emergency Services. Also for the first three months there will be free commutes between 5-9am for those that have no option but to travel to work.”
He continued: “Safety is our top priority, it dictates our e-scooter design and also the way we operate them. Our e-scooters are packed with cutting-edge safety features and our safety course and riding guidelines have been co-developed with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the UK’s leading accident prevention charity.”