Milton Keynes Council has selected Spin – the micromobility unit of Ford Motor Company – to provide electric scooters for public hire across the town. The e-scooters will be available to residents of the town in a few weeks’ time.
The news comes after Spin was in discussion with a few local authorities across the UK with regard to launching their e-scooter services as part of the Department of Transport’s (DfT) national e-scooter trials.
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In Milton Keynes, Spin was selected alongside two other providers. Here, the company will work alongside the Council to trial this new form of transport that’s aimed at improving the micromobility of local residents. As such, Spin aims to deploy potentially hundreds of scooters across the town.
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Brian Matthews, Head of Transport Innovation at Milton Keynes Council said, “We are committed to bringing new and innovative transport solutions to Milton Keynes and are delighted to announce Spin as our first e-scooter operator. This safe, modern and efficient transport system will help meet the demands of our residents for more convenient and green modes of travel.”
Milton Keynes is ideally designed for the use of micromobility modes due to its grid and district system. Spin will encourage users to make use of the town’s cycling-pedestrain redways that enable riders to get across town safely and with ease.
“Milton Keynes has always been at the forefront of technology adoption and it’s fitting that it’s one of the first local authorities to roll-out e-scooters. Spin will offer a new transport mode to assist the Council in connecting its residents to key destinations across the town,” said Will Woodward, Government Affairs Manager at Spin.
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To ensure riders abide by local authorities’ rules and regulations, new riders must view a comprehensive set of instructions before they can take their first ride. The Spin App is customised to each town or city’s specific rules and needs, too.
The company also hosts Spin Safe safety events and partners with local businesses on promotional events to support local initiatives.