TEST BIRD SCOOTERS FOR YOURSELF IN STRATFORD
You may have spotted them already - small electric scooters travelling through the private paths of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP). Travelling at a maximum of 15 miles per hour, they’re an effective way to tackle those frustrating journeys that are too short to justify a taxi but will take you a while to walk. They’re also a new way to scoot through the acres of land right next to International Quarter London which stretches down to Here East.
These scooters are a nationwide trial by Bird, a US based company operating scooter sharing services in over 100 American and European cities.
However, even if the trial is successful, there could be a fly in the ointment for nationwide roll out to British roads and pavements. An historic law from 1853 stops such vehicles from being on UK roads and pedestrianised areas. However, in March, the government announced that a review of such laws could take place this year. The benefits? The scooters are electric and so can reduce levels of congestion and pollution on city roads.
Whether you’ll soon be able to hop on your scooter and “drive” to the other side of the city, or not – test it for yourself at QEOP. The scooters are available to rent through the UBER app, between the hours of 7am and 9pm. Better catch them quick – the trial ends this June.
Find out all you need to know at queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk.