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Nottingham’s e-scooter trial clocks up 2,000,000 rides by 60,000 users

The trial began in October 2020 and has been extended until 2024.

Nottingham City Council has confirmed that it will extend the escooter trial in the city until 2024.

Following a Department for Transport (DfT) decision to extend the trials for a year, an operational decision was made in October 2021 to continue to run the scheme until November 2022 on the condition the operator adhere to an agreed improvement plan.

The council sys that this action plan has seen a number of improvements around the issues of enforcement, customer service, education, and user behaviour.

The DfT is advocating for trials to be continued until May 2024 to give examples of how future legislation can improve reposnsible use.

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The Nottingham trial has been successful in attracting high numbers of users.

The scheme has been cited as one of the most popular in the country, with over 2,000,000 total rides and 60,000 registered users.

On average the e-scooters are used for 3,000 journeys per day by more than 2,000 people.

In addition the trial has to date:

• Provided clean green sustainable mode of transport within the city. Local monitoring confirms many citizens are now using them for their daily commute, to travel to bus stops, and using them as an alternative to car journeys.

• Provided two years’ worth of experience in terms of operational management and feedback during and without full Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in place.

• Provided richer qualitative and quantitative data for the monitoring and evaluation of the current e-scooter rental trial work taking place which will be concluded in the autumn.

To maintain continuity in the trial and for monitoring purposes, the Council proposes to extend the contractual arrangements with Wind Mobility Ltd (the existing provider) until May 2024.

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