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December 9, 2021

Your views needed on e-scooters as trial continues

Portsmouth City Council is once again asking residents for their views on e-scooters, as part of the on-going government-run rental e-scooter trial, operated in Portsmouth by Voi Technology.

The five-minute survey is designed to capture views on e-scooter use in the city, and how people’s perceptions of this new mode of transport are evolving as the trial develops. The results will also help inform a decision in the new year on whether to extend the trial further, until November 2022.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation, said “This is the third survey we’ve put out, and it’s a quick way of getting a sense of people’s opinions on e-scooters in general, as well as learning more about how people travel around the city and whether they consider e-scooters to be a good transport option.

“By taking part in the survey your views will inform greater research around the subject and will help government to decide on policy around private and rental e-scooter use in the UK, so your input is not only welcomed but also very useful.”

It was announced at the start of November that the trial of rental e-scooters in the Solent region, part of the Solent Future Transport Zone (FTZ), has been extended by both Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils until March 2022.

The decision by both councils reflects careful consideration of the impact of the scheme across the region and concludes that rental e-scooters have been used responsibly and safely by the vast majority of riders. The extension of the trials also allows local transport authorities, Solent Transport and the Department for Transport, who are funding the Solent FTZ, additional time to collect valuable data on rental e-scooter use as well as understand the impact of rental e-scooter hire as a public transport option.

The closing date for the survey is 2 January 2022, and you can take part here.