The Zipp Mobility e-scooter trial covering Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Princes Risborough has been extended until November 2022.
The decision to extend the trial in Buckinghamshire comes after the Department for Transport (DfT) extended the national e-scooter trial to allow wider assessment of take up and impact post-lockdown.
The extension also enables the DfT to collate evidence about the safety, benefits, public perceptions and wider impacts of e-scooters. This evidence will inform the possible future legalisation of e-scooters in England.
Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘The decision to extend our e-scooter trial was not taken lightly but made sense when the data on ridership and safety showed the trial’s popularity and success in Bucks.
Our trial has enabled e-scooters to be introduced in a controlled and safe manner and supports our ambition to be a ‘living lab’ for innovation. The trial is providing Bucks residents with a convenient and alternative form of transport that is clean and sustainable.‘
The e-scooter trial initially began in Aylesbury and High Wycombe in November 2020 and due to its popularity was expanded into Princes Risborough in May 2021.
To date, there have been over 120,000 rides in Buckinghamshire, with the average journey in all three areas being 13 minutes.
E-scooter trips increase during the am and pm peaks – which implies people are using the e-scooters as an alternative way to commute to and from work.
Charlie Gleeson, CEO and Founder of Zipp Mobility, said: ‘We are very happy to have our e-scooter trial with Buckinghamshire Council extended. Our team has worked very hard to make this service a success and we are constantly adapting our offering to meet the unique needs of Bucks.
This hard work has led to a quality service that truly meets the transport needs of the area which can be seen in the high ridership numbers. We are excited to see what the coming months have in store for the trial.‘
Only e-scooters authorised through the official trials can be used on public roads. Which means that in Buckinghamshire, only Zipp Mobility e-scooters are legal.
Privately owned e-scooters can only be used on private land, with the permission of the landowner. Riders cannot use a privately owned e-scooter on the road, pavement or in a public space. If they do so, they risk receiving a large fine, points on their driving licence and the possibility of their e-scooter being seized.
Further information on the e-scooter trials in Buckinghamshire can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council website.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.