Chester has been part of a national trial of e-scooters since December 2020, a Department for Transport (DfT) initiative to encourage greener travel methods. Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with e-scooter provider Ginger are now planning to extend the trial for a further 18 months at the request of the DfT.

Latest update from the Cheshire West & Chester Council Newsroom:

The DfT have written to all trial authorities to advise of the extended trial to allow the continued collection of data and live experiences on the ground to help inform secondary legislation and guidance emerging from the Transport Bill primary legislation.

The Council has agreed an extension until 31 May 2024 and will use this time to investigate additional micromobility hire schemes such as e-bikes and bike hire across the borough to increase active travel and accessibility levels and to develop access at key sites, parks and open spaces, attractions and interchanges.

Since their launch, over 245,000 miles have been travelled on the trial e-scooters, more than 25,000 people have registered via the mobile app to hire them. There are now over 170 e-scooters available for hire from 49 dockless parking locations in Chester.

Chester station is the most popular area for starting and ending just under 10,000 journeys. Other popular locations are White Friars, Garden Ln and Chester Bus Interchange.

The latest solar panels and Tesla battery charging facilities are used to power and recharge the Ginger e-scooter fleet. This means that every scoot across the city on a Ginger rental e-scooter is 100 per cent powered by the sun….

Quoted from Cheshire West & Chester Council’s online newsroom. Full article can be found here: Council joins national fight against “zombie batteries” in bid to tackle recycling and waste fires | Cheshire West and Chester Council

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Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot