Covid-19 has raised questions about whether bike share systems could continue to operate, especially given the risk of cleaning and maintenance staff becoming exposed to the virus. Yet by planning carefully and following government guidelines, the majority of Nextbike’s bike share schemes have remained open to provide safe travel for frontline NHS staff, key workers, and the general public.
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As the UK lockdown begins to relax, more people are using the roads for reasons including commuting and tourism. This contrasts with a society which, during lockdown, encouraged working from home, required remote socialisation and necessitated only local movement outside of one’s home for many people. Technology has helped many people keep up with the world around them and maintain some sense of productivity in an uncertain period. For some, this will be continued even as lockdown is relaxed – even as movement in vehicles increases.
Dr Adam Snow continues his discussion of the challenges that must be overcome if e-scooters are to become more common on our roads.
In line with Government advice at present to avoid public transport, I’m sure quite a few of us will be thinking about alternative forms of transport as the lockdown starts to ease but social distancing measures continue. Walking and cycling are the preferred alternatives, as they involve so-called “active travel”, a key priority of the government pre- and post-lockdown. New modes of transport, particularly micromobility modes, are also increasing, in particular the use of e-scooters. These powered two-wheelers raise several problems for the current legal regime in England and Wales and have had something of a troubled development as cities and states have struggled to regulate safe use wherever they have been introduced.