E-scooter firm Neuron Mobility has tripled the size of its operating zone in Sunderland, covering a further 6.2 square kilometres of riding area.
The shared micromobility operators fleet in Sunderland now stands at 200 e-scooters, according to Zag Daily’s latest data.
The expanded riding areas means residents can now travel from Sunderland City Centre to surrounding areas including Pallion, Hendon and Ashbrooke.
Residents will also have access to popular destinations including the Stadium of Light and Sunderland Riverside.
Neuron’s aim is to better serve a variety of groups, including medical professionals employed at the Royal Hospital and those living in key student accommodation in the city.
To cater for the expanded areas, the company will include over 28 additional parking stations, which will be highlighted in the app and marked on the ground.
Throughout the pandemic, and as the city recovers, Neuron has given more than 1,600 free passes to NHS and Emergency Service staff in the North East of England, allowing key workers to make around 14,000 free rides across Sunderland and Newcastle.
Over the past year, Neuron’s e-scooters have racked up 110,000 miles, with around a third of trips replacing a car journey.
Neuron claims that approximately 10 tonnes of CO2 has therefore been prevented from entering the earth’s atmosphere.
Oliver Irons, Sunderland City Manager at Neuron Mobility, said: “After a successful twelve-month trial period, we are delighted that our e-scooters will be serving more areas and people in Sunderland. Our e-scooters have become very popular and they are making a positive impact on the city. They are a safe, convenient and environmentally-friendly transport option which support the City Council’s sustainability goals. We thank the Council for their continued trust and support and look forward to more people using our e-scooters.”
Mark Jackson, the City Council’s Assistant Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Transportation, added: “Sunderland’s e-scooter trial has become an important part of how residents can travel around our city. It is great that so many people have taken the opportunity to use Neuron’s e-scooters over the past twelve months.”