E-scooter drivers in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool get unlimited 20-minute free rides, but for a limited time only.
The offer from the operator Ginger runs until December 17th on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., after which the normal prices apply.
Middlesbrough became the first place in the country where citizens were allowed to rent e-scooters after the Department of Transportation asked for pilot projects to be carried out.
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After the offer was successful, the Tees Valley Combined Authority quickly signed Ginger, based in Hartlepool, to conduct a pilot project that began last July and is scheduled to run through March.
The program had some initial teething problems with complaints about the use of scooters in some of Middlesbrough’s covered shopping centers while police spoke to two teenagers spotted on a scooter on the busy A19 on the outskirts of town.
The company said the public has now traveled a total of 75,000 miles on the scooters that use a rechargeable battery.
Paul Hodgins, CEO of Ginger, said: “We think that traveling on the ginger scooter is simply a better way to travel.
“It’s cheap, it’s green, and it’s very easy.
“That’s why we not only want to say Merry Christmas and thank the residents for the great use of the service, but also give people the opportunity to try it out for the first time.”
Mr Hodgins said the average age of his e-scooter drivers is 32, of which 70% are men and 30% are women.
He added, “We want to give more options to residents who previously thought this might not be for them.”
As long as the drivers return the e-scooters to a designated parking space within 20 minutes, they will not be charged, regardless of how many trips they make during the offer period.
After that, the normal rate of £ 2 per 20 minutes applies.
The drivers download an app that can be searched for on Google Play and the Apple App Store in order to book and the scooter is then electronically “unlocked”.
You must be 18 years of age with a provisional or full UK driving or motorcycle license and it is recommended that you wear a helmet.
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