An evaluation of the West of England E-scooter Trial

The on-going e-scooter trial in the West of England is the largest of its kind in the UK and has the highest ridership levels. It incorporates a hop-on-hop-off rental scheme across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath, as well as a long-term hire scheme for local residents.

It was evaluated by the University of the West of England in the latter part of 2022. This paper/presentation will present the findings on safety, making national and international comparisons and a review of different data sets. The paper will also share findings from observational data collected of interactions between e-scooters in the public highway with other road users, and a comparison of e-scooter and cycle use. The paper has been prepared jointly between the University of the West of England and the West of England Combined Authority.

Dr Jonathan Flower, Transport Planner and Researcher, Centre for Transport and Society, UWE Bristol

Dr Jonathan Flower is a transport planner and researcher at the Centre for Transport and Society at UWE Bristol, and a Board member with the Transport Planning Society.

His current research project portfolio has a road safety focus and includes bus safety in Nepal; behaviour in proximity to automated vehicles; street design improvements for people walking and cycling; and an evaluation of the West of England e-scooter trial.