IF you fancy learning more about using e-scooters and collecting a free £5 credit for a test drive, pop along to Taunton Visitor Center on Thursday (July 21).
Somerset West and Taunton’s e-scooter operator Zipp Mobility is running a training and education event outside the Fore Street center from 11am to 2pm.
The event is part of efforts by the district council and Zipp to continuously improve the service and educate the public on the safe use of e-scooters following further guidelines from the Department of Transport.
Attendees will be able to meet the Zipp team and ask questions related to the trial and using the e-scooters.
If you register a new account on the day, you’ll receive a £5 credit for a test drive – but you’ll need a driving license and bank card to verify your account.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the training session.
The e-scooter trial in Taunton launched in October 2020 and has seen more than 99,800 rides by more than 13,000 riders, who have traveled around 190,000 miles, removing an estimated 26.5 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere when compared with a fossil fuel powered vehicle.
SWT is currently considering lengthening the trial after the DfT announced the opportunity to extend the end date from until May 31, 2024.
The Taunton trial currently has 100 e-scooters located across the town at 60 approved parking bays.
Bay numbers have increased since the launch with requests for additional bays coming from local businesses wanting a parking slot near their workplace for commuting staff and visitors.
The Zipp e-scooters operate from 5.30am until 10.30pm seven days a week, and can only be used by people over 16 with a provisional or full driving license.
It costs £1 to unlock the e-scooter and 15p per minute thereafter using the Zipp Mobility App.
The trial in Taunton is geofenced, meaning the e-scooters only work inside permitted areas.
The maximum speed of e-scooters in the SWT trial is limited to around 15.5 mph, and there are some slower zones within the trial area.
While e-scooters offer a cleaner, greener way to get around in line with SWT’s commitment to working towards achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2030, the emphasis is on safety with e-scooter users being aware of and considering to other road users and pedestrians.
At present private e-scooters remain illegal to use on public roads.