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Covid-19 and e-Commuting - An opportunity for Electric Scooters

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

Bicycles and electric scooters will play a big part in getting europe back to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. It's easy to see why with many people wishing to avoid crowded buses and trains for their daily commute.

Even Britain which lags behind many European cities for sustainable commuting methods is investing heavily in an emergency active travel fund which aims to get people on their bikes and back to work.

The British government said that they would like to "encourage people to choose alternatives to public transport when they need to travel” in order to protect road bus and rail infrastructure so the are ready to respond to future increases in demand.

Part of this push in to greener technologies is an trial initiative to permit electric scooter rentals on UK roads in June. If these trials are successful it could lead to the legalisation of scooters on UK roads.

One of the companies involved in these trials is Lime. Alan Clarke of Lime UK has this to say: "This is great news for people in towns and cities across the country.

"As we move beyond the current lockdown restrictions, e-scooters will provide a safe, sustainable and affordable way to travel whilst social distancing. They will also offer a great alternative to driving - helping to keep cars off the road. We look forward to working with local authorities to offer our shared e-scooter scheme as soon as possible."

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