Lorna Stevenson, from the University’s Active Travel Academy, has been featured in an article published by Local Transport Today about the use of e-scooters.
On 13 July, Britain’s first e-scooter rental trial was launched In Middlesbrough, with an initial fleet of 100 e-scooters rising to as many as 500 during the 12-month trial. Further trials in many more areas of Britain are expected to commence before the end of August.
Stevenson said that COVID-19 would increase the appeal of e-scooters for people discouraged from using public transport. She said:
"There will be an interesting discussion in a year's time when we are at the end of the trials. Perhaps we might want to start nudging people back onto public transport or it might depend on what we see in terms of the carbon impact and social impact of e-scooters. We need to bear in mind our success criteria for what is good at the moment might be different from what is good in 12 or 24 months' time."
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