Yes, you can come down to Huddersfield St George’s Square and try out an e-scooter for FREE! All you need to do is book a slot which will take a few minutes and you are good to scoot!

Kirklees Council is encouraging residents to explore travel alternatives this September by providing FREE sessions to try an electronic scooter or an e-bike at the TRAVEL ReVOLUTION Hub in St. George’s Square, outside Huddersfield train station.

The physical and mental health benefits of exercise like scooting and cycling are well known, but for many the thought of travelling a long distance or over hilly terrain can be off putting.  E-bikes and scooters make it easier and quicker to get from A to B, whilst still providing the health benefits of increased exercise and offer a fun alternative to public transport due to social distancing.

Currently use of electric scooters on roads or pavements is not permitted in the UK however some local authorities are conducting a national pilot with Department for Transport to test their use. Before this happens in Kirklees the council are keen to provide a scooter offer in a controlled and secure environment, within a cordoned off space, for people to test them and receive professional training about safe use.

Book a 45 minute E-scooter session with Scoot-Fit – available Monday-Saturday between the 1st and 28th September

Book a 45 minute E-bike sessions with Legacy Ride – available Monday and Fridays between the 4th and 25th September

Social distancing and government guidelines will be followed. Booking is essential and you can book up to 6 people per session. Please bring a face covering and if you can your own helmet. Age restrictions apply, 16+ for e-scooters, 14+ e-bikes. Push scooters will be available to any children over 4 years who book an e-scooter session with their parent or guardian.

This project has been funded through the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund. If successful the council will look at extending the trial in other areas and consider other interventions to increase active travel in the district.