The West of England Combined Authority is accelerating e-scooter trials to provide alternative ways to travel while social distancing is in place on public transport. Hop-on hop-off scooters will be available from Autumn 2020 in central Bristol and Bath and at other key locations such as stations, universities and hospitals in Bristol’s North Fringe. Longer term lease hire scooters will also be available across the whole West of England region covering Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The trial will run for 12 months and if successful e-scooters could become a permanent sustainable option for travel in the region.
The trial e-scooters can be rented by anyone with a full or provisional driving licence and can be used legally wherever cycles are permitted. Personal e-scooters, outside of the trial, remain illegal on pavements and the public highway. The trial is part of wider plans to make it easier to get around the West of England by giving people sustainable alternatives to using a car. The West of England is one of only four Future Transport Zones in the country, trialling using new transport technologies to cut congestion, improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.
The e-scooter trial is led by the West of England Combined Authority in partnership with Bristol City Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council. More information on the West of England e-scooter trial, including frequently asked questions, can be found on Travelwest: https://travelwest.info/projects/e-scooter-trial
For government guidance on e-scooters rented as part of a government trial, how to travel safely, licensing guidance and the rules of the road visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/e-scooter-trials-guidance-for-users
For government information about the e-scooter regulatory changes, trial requirements and monitoring and evaluation of the trials visit: