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All the latest on micromobility in the UK and across Europe.

It’s not all about London this week (but mostly it is)

The scooter story that this week shone brighter than a sequinned Strictly costume was the publication of London’s e-scooter trial tender. But there’s a lot more going on outside the capital – and a lot more at Zag.
Delight in this lovely little article by Laura Laker on five fantastic parklet designs; gasp at our rather forthright assessment of Luton’s trial postponement; marvel at the wonderful colours in our chart showing all e-scooter programme pricing across England; be soothed by answers to 10 common fears voiced ahead of e-scooter trials; and dive into signing up for our second virtual conference, where we’ll grill fleet operators on current topics.

The nonsense of carbon-shaming scooters

England’s e-scooter fleet broke through the 2,000 unit mark this week, and growth looks set to continue exponentially as operators successfully navigate careful introductory phases. We released our first conference podcast, featuring transport execs from the West Midlands, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire. Elsewhere, HumanForest’s electric bike-share operation plans to shake things up (and you can buy into the company), Bird brings its free rides programme to Redditch and Voi teams up with intelligent helmets.

Free e-scooter passes help key workers ride out lockdown

It might be the week of Halloween, Guy Fawkes and National Lockdown Returns, but that hasn’t stopped e-scooter companies giving back like it’s Christmas. Lime, Voi and Zwings all announced free rides or massive discounts, while Bird’s new helmet selfie checker awards money off future trips.
And, lest we forget the very serious global conditions that micromobility is trying to tackle – that is, climate change and air pollution – Elliot Colburn MP kicked off Zag’s new opinion section with a suitably bracing call-to-arms (and a gentle hint about how dockless systems may fare in London).

Big, bigger, biggest: more trial locations coming on-stream as London project takes shape

As well as tons of news about e-scooter launches and programmes in the works, we explain who’s insuring whom when it comes to e-scooters; pinpoint 10 historic hidden-gem low-traffic neighbourhoods; take a Beryl e-scooter for a lovely little test-ride in Norwich; and gleefully shoehorn in multiple Partridge and Beatles references. OH – and an update on a London e-scooter trial.