Mayor Ben Houchen with an e-scooter

Redcar and Cleveland Council roll out e-scooter network

Redcar and Cleveland Council has successfully rolled out an e-scooter network across the area for residents and visitors to use.

The e-scooters are working as the clean energy and socially distant solution to transport in the area, now available to hire from Redcar seafront, by anyone over the age of 18 with a full of provisional driving licence.

Each location currently has six of the electric scooters on offer, with the potential to rise to 50 by the end of the pilot, depending on demand.

The scooters are limited to 11.5mph, cost £2 to hire for 20 minutes and are for road use only, with riders recommended to wear a helmet.

The Tees Valley has been quick on the uptake of e-scooters, after the Government changed the legal status to allow road use.

Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Cllr Mary Lanigan, said:

“It is important that we explore different ways of people moving around in our towns and villages, now and in the future, and the e-scooters look like a really fun way to get about.

“Residents and visitors can travel around in a clean and cost-effective way, offering an alternative to other forms of public transport in the area.

“We are really excited to be part of this pilot scheme however I would like to appeal to the public to use the e-scooters responsibly and ensure that they follow the rules of the road at all times."

The yearlong pilot, across all five of the Tees Valley boroughs, will boast up to 500 of the battery powered vehicles when fully operational.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen will be featured in the next issue of PSE magazine, discussing his approach to Green Transport in the region.

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