Salford’s e-scooter trial has been extended for another six months.
Lime, the company behind the scooters, is working with Salford City council and TFGM on the official trial project and hopes to have routes to Salford Royal hospital by the end of August.
The e-scooters launched at the University of Salford’s Peel Park campus in October and now stretch to Ordsall and MediaCityUK.
E-scooters are becoming an increasingly popular way to travel around Salford, viewed by many as an eco-friendly alternative to driving or taking the bus.
#GM is giving #e-scooters a ‘wheel’ go, with a trial in Salford 🛴 Get more info on hiring the right e-scooter & where the permitted routes are. Remember, you need a provisional license, stick to the 15.5mph speed limit & please wear a helmet! https://t.co/DfpNtIZk8G pic.twitter.com/7aSKXfE5HQ
— Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) October 27, 2020
Olivia Molden-Williams, a University of Salford student, said: “I think they’re really handy and not as expensive as I expected.
“I think they’re convenient to use, and I would rather use one of those than get a bus, especially with all the roadworks at the moment.”
But one man had concerns about the scotter drivers, saying they were “dangerous for all” and “becoming a problem in Salford.”
Another person said: “Not sure they’d take off at £3 for 15 minutes.”
The Legal Bit
There are also legal restrictions on riding an e-scooter.
A tweet from the Greater Manchester Police Traffic account back in November 2020 stated: “You can buy one but you can’t ride it on a UK public road, cycle lane or pavement.
“E-scooters can be used on private land only, with permission of the landowner.”
This seems to be confirmed by a recent BBC article regarding scooters in London, which said: “The only e-scooters that can be used on public roads are those rented as part of government-backed trials.”
“If you own an e-scooter, you can only use it on private land and not on public roads, cycle lanes or pavements.”
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