E-scooter trial expands

March 26 2021

A TRIAL of rentable electric scooters is expanding to cover Downend and the surrounding area.
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, Downend, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and Emersons Green will be added to the trial, along with Kingswood, Hanham and more areas of Bristol, including Southmead Hospital.
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.
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."