Confirmed! Sunderland’s e-scooter trial will continue into 2022 as Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet backed a recommendation to extend the trial into March next year.
Here’s all you need to know as Neuron’s e-scooters return to Sunderland for 2022!
E-scooter operator Neuron began Sunderland’s rental trial at the end of March this year with 200 distinctive orange e-scooters deployed across the city. Sunderland is among dozens of cities and towns across the UK running similar trials.
Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, Councillor Claire Rowntree said the extension was in line with allowing the Government and Department for Transport (DfT) to gather more information on how all the trials were working.
The council has the trial under continuous review and in the first four months of the trial there were 42,626 rides covering 107,000km (66,500 miles) and 45 complaints (0.11 per cent of ride total).
A rider survey in May found that nearly half (42 per cent) of e-scooter rides had directly displaced car journeys meaning around 12,000 fewer car trips in Sunderland.
Already, over 42 per cent of trips displace a car journey, which has contributed to an elimination of around 30 tonnes of CO2 in the North East.
A sustainable, forward-thinking approach to travel…
Riders in Sunderland benefited from a range of world-first safety features on Neuron’s latest N3 e-scooters when a 300-strong fleet arrived in the city to provide a safe and sustainable way to travel around the city.
The e-scooters feature the world’s first app-controlled helmet lock, geofencing control, as well as a 999 emergency button, voice guidance and topple detection.
Riders who are over 18 and hold a full or provisional driving licence, were able to book and use the e-scooters through a specifically-deigned app, with trips costing £1 to unlock the e-scooter and 20 pence per minute thereafter.
Free passes were also made available for NHS and Emergency Service workers during the lockdown. These passess were redeemable through the app, as well as this, Neuron offered free rides for all commuters during the first three months of the trial between 5am-9am every weekday.
Who are Neuron?
Neuron Mobility was founded in Singapore in 2016 by Zachary Wang and Harry Yu.
After expanding into other parts of Southeast Asia, the company quickly refocused to concentrate on Australia and New Zealand where it is now the leading rental e-scooter company and micro mobility technology developer.
Currently, Neuron now operates in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Canada.
Their distinctive range of orange e-scooters arrived across the North East earlier this year, and these forward-thinking contraptions have quickly become an industry leading solution when it comes to safety and sustainable travel options.
How the city reacted…
Cllr Rowntree said:
“Sunderland’s trial was launched on 31 March 2021 and was intended to be in place for eight months until 30 November 2021.
“Government Ministers have approved an extension of current e-scooter trials from 30 November 2021 to 31 March 2022.
The guiding principle for this change is trial continuation rather than expansion or market development.
“No changes to the operation of the trial will take place.
The trial will continue with its current arrangements and restrictions and Sunderland’s extension will allow extra time for trials to reach capacity and for the DfT to gather additional data.
“The evidence gathered in the trial will guide final decisions about whether and, if so, how to fully legalise the use of e-scooters.
“It is important that Sunderland continues to take part in the trial, as data collected will contribute to deciding the long-term vision of sustainable and active travel in Sunderland and the UK.”
George Symes, UK Regional Manager, Neuron Mobility, said:
“We are thrilled that the extension of our e-scooter trial in Sunderland has today been confirmed by Sunderland City Council.
“Since beginning operations in March, our e-scooters have been used for over 42,000 trips and are already helping to boost the local economy with 54 per cent of rides resulting in a purchase.
“By extending the trial, our e-scooters will continue to have a positive impact on the environment.
“Neuron’s e-scooters have been embraced by locals, with 86 per cent of riders believing that they have created a positive impact on the city.
We are very pleased that our e-scooters can continue to offer a sustainable, socially-distanced, and safe mode of transport in Sunderland.”
For more information about how the scheme works and how it’s helping to shape sustainable transport, visit rideneuron.com | sunderland.gov.uk