As part of the DfT’s e-scooter trial scheme in York, TPS continues to work closely with operator, TIER, having initially assisted them to set up an inter-campus scheme that allows students to travel between the East and West campus by e-scooter for free (providing an alternative to the University’s shuttle bus service, the capacity of which was significantly reduced as a result if social distancing restrictions). As part of this process, our team used our knowledge of the University campuses to identify and oversee the implementation of suitable e-scooter parking locations and routes.
The inter-campus element was the first phase of the city-wide York e-scooter trial, which has since been expanded to include a link between the University and city centre and across the wider city area. Although its use has now been impacted by COVID-19, the inter-campus scheme proved very popular following the launch.
On behalf of the University Georgina Stares of TPS attends a monthly meeting, which is chaired by the Council and involves the operator, local ward councillors, the NHS Trust, and York St John University, with responsibility for ensuring that the best interests of the University are reflected in the continued roll out of the trial.
Following on from the experience in York, our team has been working with a number of clients, advising on the potential implications of the trials for the future of e-scooters as a method of commuting. Whether you’ve got queries over legality or infrastructure requirements, find out what the trials might mean for your workplace; get in touch with our team for informal advice and support.