Key workers to get free e-scooter rides for essential trips to this North Staffordshire town
NHS and emergency service staff are being offered unlimited free e-scooter rides until December 2
NHS and emergency service staff are being offered free e-scooter rides for essential trips to a North Staffordshire town during lockdown.
E-scooter rental business Zwings, which launched a service in Newcastle in September, is offering free travel for key workers making essential trips to the town until Wednesday, December 2 - when the current lockdown ends.
The company is working with Staffordshire County Council and its highways contractor Amey on the giveaway after seeing an increase in e-scooter rental in the town since the second lockdown started.
Zwings says the rise in demand follows a need for a socially-distanced alternative and a growing awareness of sustainable travel choices.
Now NHS and emergency service staff are being offered unlimited free e-scooter rides until December 2; and a discounted price of 10p a minute until 2021 - down from 15p.
Additional parking spaces are also set to be introduced close to NHS facilities to support key workers and residents who face 'limited transportation options.'
Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for highways and transport, David Williams said: "We are pleased to see that Zwings is offering free and discounted rides to NHS and emergency services employees to give them an alternative transport option in Newcastle.
"They do an invaluable job for communities across Staffordshire and it's great to see support offered to them through the pandemic period."
E-scooters arrived in Newcastle in September as part of the £22.9 million Live Labs programme funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and overseen by ADEPT, which represents local authority directors.
Joe Lewin, Zwings founder and CEO, added: "It is part of Zwings' core ethos to support our communities in Newcastle-under-Lyme during this second lockdown in a hyper-localised manner.
"We recognise the important role our e-scooters play in supporting residents and key workers to travel at a social distance but also to help relieve stress from a hard day at work. We are collaborating closely with local representatives in each respective town or city to tailor our service to best support NHS and emergency workers."
The e-scooters can be used in Newcastle town centre, Keele University and Silverdale and are limited to 12mph.
To sign-up for unlimited free rides, NHS and emergency service staff have to submit a form via the 'contact us 'page on the Zwings website.