Council is working with Lime, a global leader in micro-transportation, to launch trials of electric scooters
The electric scooter rental scheme will be launched at MK in early August.However, they are not allowed to travel on grid roads or on any roads that exceed 30mph.To rent a scooter (up to 14.8mph), you must be 18 years old and have at least a temporary driver's license.
MK Council is working with Lime, a global leader in micro-transportation, to launch trials of electric scooters.
The program is expected to start in early August, subject to formal approval from the Transportation Department.The plan will see Lime launch its initial fleet of 250 electric scooters, as well as the city's current e-bike service.
It will be the UK's first large-scale trial and comes just four weeks after the government agreed to change legislation to allow trials of electric scooters on British roads.
Lime has promised to eventually offer up to 500 of its latest electric scooters for hire in the city, based on expected demand.This would make Milton Keynes the first British city to enjoy the first intermodal transport service, as is widely seen in Cities across Europe, America and Asia.
Cllr Peter Marland, CHAIRMAN of MK, said: "We are delighted to be the first city in the UK to offer such a large telecommuting service at a time when residents need safe, environmentally friendly and socially isolated means of transport."
He added: "We are delighted to continue working with Lime and look forward to seeing the people of Milton Keynes take advantage of the street Scooters service.This will provide the residents and visitors of Milton with an important new travel option Cairns and we look forward to working with Lime to study the results of the trial.
"Following the success of innovative experiments with technologies such as Shared electric bikes and autonomous delivery robots, Milton Keynes will now be the site of the country's first large-scale trial of electric scooters."
Lime was chosen in a competitive process as Milton Keynes's electric scooter for the first phase of the "street" service, with more than a dozen providers lining up to launch in the city.The trial is expected to last 12 months
Florence Milner, MANAGING director of Lime UK and Ireland, said: "We are delighted to be selected as the first supplier to bring electric scooters to the UK in large scale.We think they will change the way we travel in Milton Keynes at a time when we desperately need alternatives to driving.
"We are pleased that Milton Keynes Council continues to show confidence in the high quality of service we provide.It has been a very competitive selection process, so we are pleased to have been selected to continue serving the people of Milton Keynes as we have successfully completed 18 months of this process.
We are actively engaged in other competitive processes to offer electric scooters to other towns and cities across the UK and hope to expand our service further soon."
A spokesman for the MK Council said: "The current plan is for electric scooters to be able to travel along Redways, small property roads and pavements.We are currently working on geo-fencing plans and electric scooters will not be able to go over 30 miles per hour in those areas."