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Nottingham to install over 275 racks for e-bikes and e-scooters

Funded by the Transforming Cities fund, and in preparation for the return of e-scooters, Nottingham City Council is installing 275 racks for e-bikes and e-scooters to help improve parking.

The scooters disappeared from the city’s streets when former operator Superpedestrian closed down its UK operation in December.

So far 140 racks have been installed, with the rest being introduced by June 2024. Locations for the racks have been prioritised based on areas where:

  • There is high usage of the e-bikes and e-scooters
  • The current parking arrangements aren’t working and there is anti-social behaviour
  • There are good connections with the local transport network.

Users are required to park the e-bikes and e-scooters at several designated parking bays around the city. People can report e-bike parking issues by contacting Lime.

Lime e-bikes launched a year ago in April 2023 and so far more than 130,000 rides have been made across the city. The e-bikes cost £1 to unlock and then 17p per minute to ride. If people would like to use the e-bikes for longer journeys, Lime offers ride passes such as 30 minutes for £2.99 or 60 minutes for £5.99.

E-scooters will be available to use again in the summer. More than 3.1 million rides have been made since the e-scooter trial began in 2020, and more than 4.5 million miles have been travelled. The e-scooter trial is due to end in May 2026.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Planning, Councillor Angela Kandola, said: ‘It’s great that we’re able to use the Transforming Cities fund to install 275 parking racks to provide a safer environment for all pavement users and easier access for riders.

‘By making it easier for users to park, we hope that more people will be encouraged to use an e-bike and e-scooter for short journeys around Nottingham. This will help to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution and improve public health.’

Alice Pleasant, Public Affairs Manager at Lime said: ‘One year since launching our e-bikes in Nottingham, and we are delighted to see locals truly embrace shared, carbon-free transport as a means for everything from commuting, socialising with friends and running errands.

‘We believe that the introduction of 275 parking racks will not only encourage more people to try alternative transport options, but improve safety for local residents and riders. We are continuing to work closely with Nottingham City Council to ensure the smooth implementation of parking racks and we look forward to seeing the future of active travel in the city.’

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