Minehead e-scooter training and education event
13 July 2021 : Community, Council news, Environment
Somerset West and Taunton Council’s e-scooter trial in Minehead is proving to be a success among residents and visitors to the coastal community.
The trial has seen more than 4,200 rides by just over 1,800 riders who have travelled almost 8,000 miles since it began on 5 June, removing an estimated 1.1 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere when compared with a fossil fuel powered vehicle.
As part of efforts to continuously improve the service as well as educate the general public on safety and usage of e-scooters, the Council and Zipp Mobility have organised a training event on Wednesday 14 July.
Representatives from both SWT and Zipp Mobility will be present to answer questions at the event between 12 noon and 2pm at Wellington Square, in the centre of town.
Anyone who comes along and registers a new account on the day will be rewarded with a £5 credit to have a test drive – please remember to bring your driving licence with you as you will need this to verify your account.
Cllr Dixie Darch, Executive Member for Climate Change, said: “We are working closely with our colleagues at Zipp to improve and expand the service where we can with an emphasis on safety both for e-scooter users and the general public.
“We really hope that people will come along to learn more about using e-scooters safely and see the advantage of getting around town in a cleaner, greener way.”
The Minehead trial currently has 40 e-scooters located across the town at 27 approved parking bays. Bay numbers have increased since the launch with requests for additional bays coming from local businesses wanting a parking bay close to their place of work for commuting staff and visitors.
The Zipp e-scooters operate from 6.30am until 10.30pm, seven days a week, and can only be used by people over the age of 16 with a provisional or full driving licence.
It will cost £1 to unlock the e-scooter and 10p per minute thereafter using the Zipp Mobility App.
The trial in Minehead is geofenced which means the e-scooters will only work inside permitted areas. The maximum speed of e-scooters in the SWT trial is limited to just over 12mph, and there are some slower zones within the trial area too.
Zip Mobility CEO, Charlie Gleeson, said: “We are encouraged by the success of the Minehead trial so far and are enjoying working with the community of Minehead to promote sustainable mobility.”
E-scooters are classed as a motor vehicle and can only be used by people over 16 with a provisional or full driving licence on permitted on roads, cycle lanes and cycle tracks only. Anyone using an e-s scooter who is under this age or does not have a driving licence will be breaking the law and could be fined or receive points on their licence, this includes parents who register and give the e-scooter to a child to ride.
Sgt Huw Jenkins from the Avon and Somerset Police said: “The Minehead trial offers a new and exciting way of moving around the area and we strongly recommend that users attend the training session. It will help give an understanding of the rules of their use, as well as emphasising the importance of personal safety while on the road.”
For more information on the training session please contact firstname.lastname@example.org