Micromobility provider Superpedestrian has deployed a set of scalable e-scooter parking racks for riders in Nottingham.
This is to bring more order to e-scooter parking and to keep pavements clear for pedestrians.
The docking stations were designed in partnership with Standab, which specialises in micromobility infrastructure solutions.
Ten parking stations have been installed, with each station capable of holding five e-scooters.
Working alongside Nottingham City Council, Superpedestrian identified hotspots where the racks would be used most effectively, such as beside the main entrance to Nottingham train station.
“As soon as the last screw had been bolted on the rack by Nottingham train station, riders were already using the docking station so we’re expecting heavy uptake in this very busy part of the city,” Superpedestrian’s Policy Director for the UK and Ireland, Jean Andrews, told Zag Daily.
These stations can also be customised to fit more e-scooters in the future.
“The racks are designed to be scalable so that there is scope to add other forms of light electric vehicles,” said Andrews. “This could include docking modes such as e-bikes. Ultimately, we want there to be a menu of options outside public transport hubs so that people can use the mode most suitable for their journey.”
By collaborating with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the operator is able to ensure the racks’ shape helps partially-sighted pedestrians navigate their surroundings.
Superpedestrian has also used the stations as a way to reinforce responsible riding by adding safety advice and rules on the side panels.
“If the stations work as intended, we’ll bring many more to Nottingham and to our other markets, said Haya Verwoord Douidri, Vice President for Global Market Expansion, Policy and Strategy at Superpedestrian.