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UK council chooses Lime for e-scooter trial

Rochdale Borough Council will deploy 500 e-scooters and the programme includes a Lime community hub in the town centre, providing unlimited free rides for key workers.

Rochdale's e-scooter trial will be expanded in phases
Rochdale's e-scooter trial will be expanded in phases

Rochdale Borough Council (RBC) in Greater Manchester has selected micro-mobility provider Lime to deliver its upcoming e-scooter trial.


The e-scooter trial is aimed at making transport hubs and key locations easier to reach for local residents, as well as reducing reliance on cars for short journeys, which currently make up around half of journeys taken in Rochdale borough.


Performance-based extensions


The trial will initially cover Rochdale town centre, before extending outwards to areas like Castleton and Milnrow, with further performance-based extensions to Heywood and Littleborough. It will last up to 12 months, with the option for a six-month extension, subject to Department for Transport guidelines.


Working with Rochdale Borough Council and Transport for Greater Manchester, Lime will initially launch 100 scooters before expanding the service to up to 500 scooters if there is sufficient demand. A phased approach will be used to minimise any potential issues relating to antisocial behaviour and misuse and ensure the maximum benefit is delivered for the residents of Rochdale.


“I’m really excited to see this project take off,” said councillor Sara Rowbotham, cabinet member for climate change and sustainability at Rochdale Borough Council,


“We like to do things differently here in Rochdale and this scheme will give people a new transport option, which will help drive down car journeys and make it easier for people to enjoy everything that Rochdale town centre has to offer in a unique way.”

“The trial in Rochdale is the second of its kind in the region and another example of Greater Manchester’s willingness to embrace future mobility”

Lime’s planned community investment and engagement initiatives as part of the trial include creating a Lime community hub office in Rochdale town centre and providing unlimited rides for Rochdale key workers as part of its global Lime Aid initiative.


“E-scooters have already seen huge success in other countries, and we’re excited to be supporting another e-scooter trial in Greater Manchester,” added Conor Chaplin, innovation strategy officer, Transport for Greater Manchester.


“The trial in Rochdale is the second of its kind in the region and another example of Greater Manchester’s willingness to embrace future mobility. It will further support our regional transport goals outlined in the recently updated Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 such as reducing congestion, making our air cleaner, and improving connectivity to public transport hubs.”


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