E-scooter users in the Taunton trial have made enough journeys to travel once around the world and if these rides were replacing car journeys it would be the equivalent of removing an estimated three tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.
The 12-month trial being run by SWT with Zipp Mobility, an Irish e-scooter operator, provides a zero-carbon way to get around town and allow for social distancing.
Since the launch in Taunton in October 2020 the scheme has registered over 6,000 users, making a total of more than 15,000 rides to date.
Just 45 days after the trial started the number of miles travelled on e-scooters hit 24,901, the equivalent distance of once around the world. The total number of miles travelled to date has now surpassed 30,000.
As a mark of its success the Department for Transport (DfT) approved trial, which remains operational throughout lockdown, is now being extended out to Bathpool and Monkton Heathfield.
The Council and Zipp Mobility have also decided to offer free rides for healthcare workers during the lockdown. Healthcare workers need to email firstname.lastname@example.org from their NHS email address with their location and the email address and phone number associated with their Zipp account.
They will then receive a promo code which can be used in the Zipp Mobility app. For more information visit our website https://www.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/climate-emergency/escooter-trials/
Cllr Peter Pilkington, Executive Member for Climate at SWT, has told Tone News:
It’s incredible that our e-scooter users have travelled the equivalent of a journey around the world already and even more so that they’ve had such an impact on our carbon footprint in such a short space of time, which is particularly important in line with our commitment to working towards achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2030.
Our e-scooters are proving to be so popular that we are expanding the trial area as well as offering free rides to our dedicated frontline workers. They are a perfect way to travel and allow for social distancing for those who need to access work and essential services during the ongoing restrictions.
I would like to thank e-scooter users for their community spirited attitude, being aware of and considerate to other road users and pedestrians, while helping to tackle climate change.
You can hire a Zipp e-scooter from any of the parking bays across Taunton. You will be charged £1 to unlock the e-scooter and 10p per minute thereafter using the Zipp Mobility App.
When you have finished your ride simply take it back to any of the parking bays set up at strategic locations around town. If you have a suggestion for where you would like to see a parking bay please contact Taunton@zippmobility.com