Nottingham’s e-scooters were introduced to be a cheaper and greener alternative to public transport, however they’re not proving popular with all residents.
Wind Mobility scooters took to the streets on 27 October, as a mode of transport whilst following social distancing guidelines.
But many claim that the vast number of scooters in the streets is causing hazards for the city’s residents.
There have been complaints regarding how they are being left in areas that are likely to cause serious harm, such as blocking paths, and creating obstacles for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Some people also find the concept to be less useful than initially thought.
The fact the scooters are so readily available at a time when people are being encouraged to reduce their journeys on public transport was one of their unique selling points.
However, not everyone sees them in a positive light, as the devices are being left in areas where they are unwanted and may cause hazards.
Local resident Mrs Hingley, 64, said: “They are being left outside my house as I live in a student area, and they are a trip hazard.”
Wind Mobility launched the 12-month trial period in Nottingham with more 200 available throughout the city.
‘They are being left outside my house and they are a trip hazard’
Mrs HIngley, 64
The e-scooters were made available for key workers to hire on a long-term basis at a discounted rate, to make it easier for people to return to work.
However, this initiative has arguably been taken over by university students.
Student Ffion Tunbridge, 20, said: “I think the fact they can be left anywhere is a good thing, as it means people can find them easily and don’t have to wait.”
The e-scooters require at least a provisional driving licence and riders must be over the age of 16. They can travel at speeds of up to 20 mph.
To hitch a ride, users must download and sign up for the Wind app, find an available scooter, and scan the barcode.
But there are complaints they aren’t completely straightforward to rent.
Student Lisa Bradburn, 20, complained: “It’s good they are so easily available, I just couldn’t understand how to work it when I found one.”
Bradburn is part of a generation that has grown up using technology, whereas older generations may find it particularly difficult to use the scooters as they are not as familiar with smartphones.