Key workers ride free in e-scooter trial
By Rob Freeman | 18th November 2020
The trial of e-scooter rentals across Gloucester and Cheltenham has seen a rise in use with the suppliers introducing free rides for selected key workers during lockdown.
Zwings have been running the Department for Transport trial scheme in conjunction with Gloucestershire County Council since the start of last month.
And the company is providing free rides to NHS workers, ambulance staff and police until December 2.
It has also increased cleaning of the scooters, introduced self-cleaning copper handle grips and introduced more parking bays near NHS and major transport sites.
Zwings chief executive Joe Lewin said: "It is part of Zwings' core ethos to support our communities in Gloucestershire during this second lockdown in a hyper localised manner.
"We recognise the important role our e-scooters play in supporting residents and key workers to travel at a social distance but also to help relieve stress from a hard day at work.
"We are collaborating closely with local representatives to tailor our service to best support NHS and emergency workers."
The operator believes the government will notice long-term behavioural changes with e-scooters used for short urban trips for many people across Gloucestershire and the UK.
Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member for planning and environment, said: "Keeping people safe throughout the coronavirus pandemic is our priority and we fully recognise that frontline key workers play a huge role in supporting our community.
"Zwings provides a way for our residents to travel around urban areas while staying apart, reducing congestion and emissions and improving air quality at the same time.
"We have built a positive relationship with Zwings as they continue to rise to the challenges of introducing a new mode of transport in our area."
To sign up for the free rides, eligible workers can apply for a unique code via the Contact Us page on the Zwings website. support NHS and emergency workers."
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