Electric scooters come to Fishponds

March 30 2021
Electric scooters come to Fishponds

A TRIAL of rentable electric scooters now covers part of Fishponds.

The one-year West of England e-scooter trial, originally launched in central Bristol and Bath last October, is the only way to ride the vehicles legally.

Electric scooter firm Voi Technologies now has more than 500 vehicles available for hire across the region and has announced that from now, Hillfields has been added to the areas involved in the trial, along with nearby St George, Downend and Staple Hill.

The red Voi e-scooters have already started to appear on the streets of Fishponds and parked on pavements.

In other areas of the city, where the trial has been running for longer, Voi is already coming under pressure to make sure parked scooters do not get in the way of pedestrians and people using wheelchairs or pushchairs.

The e-scooters are intended for use on short journeys people would otherwise take in a car. They can be hired either on a short-term basis, where users pay an unlocking fee then a charge per minute of use, or on a long-term rental.

People who want to rent one need to download an app from the company's website and use the built-in map to find their nearest scooter.

Users have to be 18 or over and have a full or provisional driving licence, as the e-scooters are for riding on the road rather than on pavements.

They can only be used in areas taking part in the trial and use GPS "geofencing" technology to switch off the motor when an e-scooter reaches the boundary of the trial area.

Long term rental scooters can be used across the whole of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and B&NES

Since the launch of the trial there have been more than 225,000 rides taken and almost 615,000 miles travelled, averaging about two and three-quarter miles per journey.

The trial is led by the West of England Combined Authority in partnership with Bristol City Council and neighbouring authorities under Future Transport Zone plans to try out new transport technologies to cut congestion, improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.

Metro Mayor Tim Bowles said: "The West of England has really embraced our e-scooter trial and I’m pleased that many more people will now have a chance to benefit from this low-carbon alternative to the car for short journeys to access essential work and services."