Electric scooters, introduced last year as part of a trial in Salford, can now be ridden in Media City. A broader rollout is expected next month.
Lime launched its e-scooters at the University of Salford’s Peel Park and Frederick Road locations in October, but delayed rollout to other areas.
As of Saturday (February 20), the e-scooters can be rented at Salford Quays with a single route connecting the university campuses.
Alan Clarke, Lime’s director of politics and government affairs in the UK, said the company was “really exciting” to expand their e-scooter service in Salford.
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He said: “With over 12,000 successful trips to date, we are very excited to expand our Salford e-scooter service to include Media City before continuing to expand across Salford and working closely with our partners Salford City Council and Transport for Collaborate Greater Manchester, next month.
“While the current lockdown restrictions mean it is important that people only use our scooters for important journeys, we are proud that this expansion allows us to offer even more residents safe, socially distant transportation to use can when travel is required. “
The electric scooters, which are already widespread in other European cities such as Paris, Berlin and Rome, came to Salford as part of a one-year trial.
However, the e-scooters can only be used in certain zones during the experiment.
‘Geofencing’ is used to control the speed of the e-scooters and can bring them to a complete stop if they leave the permitted areas.
Currently, the only places in Salford where the electric scooters will operate are the University of Salford campuses at Peel Park, Frederick Road and MediaCityUK via a single route along Cross Lane, Trafford Road and Broadway.
The trial area should be expanded to Salford Quays by the end of October before expanding to Ordsall and the city center by the end of 2020.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service is aware that plans for the next phase are still in place. However, the trial area is expected to expand eastward to the River Irwell and westward over Pendleton starting next month.
The e-scooters can be rented via a smartphone app and can be used by people over the age of 18 with a provisional or full driver’s license.
The drivers approach a scooter and first scan the QR code on the handlebars.
Each scooter ride costs £ 1 to unlock and 15p per minute for the ride.
Unlimited free e-scooter rides are available to all key employees through the Lime Aid program, which has so far enabled 10,000 free rides across the country.
Mr. Clarke added, “We encourage all key employees with offices in Media City to take advantage of the initiative to help them commute safely.”
To sign up for Lime Aid, visit airtable.com/shr29smr46VjOOit1