Key workers in Gloucestershire are to be able to try out a new e-scooter service free as part of an initiative from rental provider Zwings.
It says it “remains focused on protecting the health and safety of Gloucester and Cheltenham residents by providing a critical travel alternative for essential trips over the lockdown period and is offering NHS and emergency service staff free travel in a bid to further support the community.”
The company adds that the second lockdown has shown a “clear need” for e-scooter rental schemes, with an increase in Zwings rental use in Gloucester and Cheltenham, attributed to the need for a “socially distanced alternative and a growing awareness of sustainable travel choices.”
“In Gloucestershire, keeping people safe throughout the Coronavirus pandemic is our priority, and we fully recognise that front line key workers play a huge role in supporting our community,” said Councillor Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment at Gloucestershire County Council. “Zwings provides a way for our residents to travel around urban areas while staying apart, reducing congestion and emissions, and improving air quality at the same time. We have built a positive relationship with Zwings as they continue to rise to the challenges of introducing a new mode of transport in our area.”
Joe Lewin, Zwings Founder and CEO added, “It is part of Zwings’ core ethos to support our communities in Gloucestershire during this second lockdown in a hyper localised manner. We recognise the important role our e-scooters play in supporting residents and key workers to travel at a social distance but also to help relieve stress from a hard day at work. We are collaborating closely with local representatives in each respective town or city to tailor our service to best support NHS and emergency workers.”