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Kent County Council expands Canterbury e-scooter trial

Bird e-scooters in Canterbury

Kent County Council (KCC) has extended its e-scooter trial in Canterbury with micromobility provider Bird until the end of November.

The extension is to allow more data about the use of electric scooters to be gathered and reported back to the Department for Transport (DfT).

KCC’s cabinet member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier, said: “We welcome the opportunity to continue hosting this trial of electric scooters in parts of Canterbury.

“The economic and environmental benefits of electric micro-transport are well documented, but it is crucial we monitor the progress of this scheme to get a true understanding of how people use and interact with them.

“We look forward to continuing work with the DfT to understand if and how the use of these vehicles has a place in Canterbury and the wider county going forward.”

While the e-scooters are provided by Bird, KCC is responsible for hosting them on its network in the operational area and gathering the views of local people.

James Padden, Bird general manager UK & Ireland, said: “We can see an almost fourfold increase in rides compared with this time last year, demonstrating significant untapped demand from Canterbury residents.

“Our scooters are also especially popular before or after a train journey, showing that micromobility is fast becoming an integral part of the transport mix for the city.”

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