Micromobility operator and technology firm Superpedestrian has partnered with e-scooter training provider ScootFit in the UK.
The link-up saw adults being offered free e-scooter training sessions on a drop-in basis in Nottingham last week, where Superpedestrian’s LINK e-scooters are available for hire as part of the UK-wide trials.
The Nottingham trial is run by Wind UK, which partnered with Superpedestrian in December 2021.
The sessions are designed to introduce residents to the new e-scooter and help first-timers feel comfortable riding the devices in a controlled and quiet environment.
The sessions will also teach skills for keeping safe on the roads, including an overview of rules of the road, and will encourage riders to be considerate of others in the public space.
The 20 minute drop-in sessions in Nottingham were held at Sneinton Market from 11 am to 12.30 pm, and from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm.
All attendees received a £10 free ride credit and free personal helmet but had to be over 18 years old to take part.
“Our aim is to create safe streets for everyone and we recognise that more work is needed to enhance rider behaviour now, as well as educating the next generation of e-scooter users,” said Haya Verwoord, Vice President of Global Market Expansion, Strategy and Policy at Superpedestrian.
“We teamed up with Scoot Fit in 2021 and since then we have helped to deliver training programmes to over 9,000 students and teachers in 41 schools in England.
“Shaping a safer and healthier environment is a key priority for Superpedestrian and working together with Scoot Fit to provide free safety training will both develop the skills of current users, as well as encourage new users to consider a new way to move – further boosting travel choices for the community.
“Our data has already shown that in January alone, our shared e-scooters replaced more than 27,500 miles of short car journeys in Nottingham, bringing benefits in improved air quality and reduced congestion to all residents.”