What is "Shared Transport"
A nation of car and bike owners may find this an alien concept, but more and more people around the world are getting about using shared transport: Renting a mode of transport for a day trip or to make single journeys. There are various shared transport schemes such as Electric car schemes, City rental bike scheme or the more recent Rental E-Scooter Scheme.
The big idea is to reduce congestion and the need for parking by using public transport such as busses and trains to get into the city and then hire an E Scooter or bike to get about within the city. E Scooters are much quicker than walking and are very convenient and easy to use, but there are rules that we need to be aware of before using them.
There are rental scooters available all over Chester; at the Bus Interchange, Train Station, Parade Shops. Sandy Lane. The Groves, near Queens Park bridge, Sealand Road .. the Rental Scooter app and the CWaC link below will show where parked scooters can be picked up .
What are e-scooters?
'Powered Transporters'. is the official term the government uses to describe a variety of emerging personal transport devices powered by a motor".
Under UK law they are subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to vehicles like cars and motorbikes. Before you think of buying your own.. think twice;It is not legal to ride an e-scooter on the road unless it's part of a government trial.
One could be forgiven for assuming that the rules for E Scooters are the same as for Bicycles but this is not the case: It is illegal to ride a privately owned scooter in public. You could face a fine, get penalty points on your licence and the e-scooter could be impounded.
North West E-Scooter trials:
Click on this LINK to see details of the trial in Chester.
The main rules you need to know:
Astonishingly, Helmets are not a legal requirement, but the government recommends that you wear one when riding electric scooters.
High vis clothing or light-coloured clothing is recommended so other people on the roads can clearly see you , day or night
Ginger work in partnership with local businesses to store and charge their scooters. in Chester, Dandy's Nationwide Landscape Supplies Ltd, provide secure storage, solar panels and Tesla battery charging facilities to power and recharge Gingers e-scooter fleet in Chester.
Ginger offer a free ride if you take their short online training course and have a simple guide to using the scooters on their website:
1. Download the GINGER SHARED TRANSPORT app
2. Click START RIDE & scan the scooter's QR code to unlock
3. Push off, then gently use the accelerator to keep going
4. Use the brakes to slow down or stop
5. Ride safely with both feet firmly on the scooter, & wear a helmet!
6. Remember, be courteous & follow the rules of the road
7. When you want to click END RIDE, make sure you're in a spot marked 'P'
Ed: Nice way to reduce congestion – but for health, I'd prefer to walk or cycle