Spin, the micromobility unit of Ford Motor Company, has launched a public hire e-scooter trial in Chelmsford, Essex.
Spin’s Everyday Heroes programme will be available immediately, which means Chelmsford’s NHS workers can receive free 30-minute e-scooter rides throughout the national lockdown.
Spin has made 50 e-scooters available for hire in a geofenced area covering the city centre and surrounding area. The company said it is looking to engage with Broomfield Hospital and other NHS facilities to discuss potential e-scooter parking areas nearby for easier access to riders to their facilities.
This marks the beginning of a phased rollout of Spin’s fleet that will be managed with Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council. In the beginning it will be aimed at local residents needing to make essential trips and for all residents once the lockdown lifts.
Riding will cost 20p per minute with no unlock fee. Daily, weekly and monthly passes will be also available when government restrictions ease about essential travel.
Chelmsford Council Council’s cabinet member for sustainable development, councillor Mike Mackrory, said: “This trial will provide an opportunity to promote sustainable travel options, particularly for short trips and commuting, reduce traffic congestion and cut carbon emissions.
“It will also benefit people to access their workplace in Chelmsford while social distancing is in place on public transport.”
The Spin app has also been customised to Chelmsford City Council’s specific rules and requirements to ensure the safety of all road users. Such rules include speed restrictions, geofencing to enforce no riding areas and designated parking areas.
Every new rider must view the set of rules and instructions and complete a safety test before they can take their first ride.