E-scooter trial expanded to Camden as London surpasses 165,000 trips

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A police officer was injured in a crash with someone riding an e-scooter  (PA Wire)
A police officer was injured in a crash with someone riding an e-scooter (PA Wire)

E-scooters will now be available to rent in Camden as TfL’s trial scheme is expanded to the north London borough as of Monday.

Camden becomes the tenth borough to join the trial scheme which was launched back in June in Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond and Tower Hamlets.

The boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster as well as the City of London have all subsequently joined the scheme since June.

More than 165,000 journeys have been made by e-scooter in London since the scheme’s launch, with the average rental lasting 22 minutes.

Londoners will now have access to a fleet of more than 3,400 e-scooters across the capital, as TfL continues to collect data on their usage.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that London’s e-scooter rental trial has expanded to Camden.

“Our trial continues to have safety at its core, with the same stringent standards in place, and will help determine what role e-scooters can play in London to support a sustainable recovery from the pandemic.”

Last week, a report by the Centre for London thinktank recommended e-scooters be completely legalised to cut down on car usage. It found up to two-thirds of car journeys in London could be made via e-scooter in 20 minutes or under.

Currently, the use of privately owned e-scooters on public roads and paths is illegal.

TfL’s trial schemes are the only legal way to ride an e-scooter in the capital.

The Metropolitan Police has seized more than 2,500 privately owned e-scooters since the start of the year.

Despite the potential benefits of e-scooters, their increasing popularity has sparked fears over safety since they do not make any noise and can reach speeds in excess of 20 miles per hour.

TfL’s rental scooters are limited to 12 miles per hour.

But data from TfL revealed operators have reported just five serious incidents since the scheme began in June, with more than 165,000 journeys now made.

TfL commissioner Andy Byford has said he is working with operators on the trial to have e-scooters fitted with a noise emitting device which would alert people to their presence.

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