Salford extends Lime e-scooter trial to 2024

4 Nov 2022

The government-approved e-scooter trial scheme in Salford will continue to operate until at least May 2024, after Salford City Council opted to extend the trial.

The scheme, which is operated by leading ride-sharing firm Lime, was launched in October 2020 and formed part of the government's national trial to understand if e-scooters could be legalised. The government has since announced plans to fully legalise private e-scooters.

Salford City Council and Lime have decided to extend the trial thanks to a “positive reception from Salford residents”. Lime recently reached 430,000 e-scooter rides in the city - 270,000 of which were made in the past 12 months. 

“We’ve really enjoyed working with Salford City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester,” said Hal Stevenson, senior public affairs manager for Lime UK. 

“Residents have truly embraced e-scooters into their daily lives and this is a step in the direction as we look to take more cars off roads. E-scooters are becoming an integral part of Greater Manchester’s sustainable transport infrastructure more broadly too.”

The extension of the trial follows the launch of the University of Salford’s Healthy Active Cities research, studying e-scooter use in Greater Manchester. 

According to the research, 68% of respondents believe that there should be an e-scooter hire scheme across Greater Manchester. 

Lime’s e-scooters have also been used as an alternative to other modes of transport. 67% of Lime users responding to the survey said they had used an e-scooter for a journey that they would have usually made using another mode of transport. 

Almost half of riders reported using an e-scooter instead of a car or taxi. 

The research by the University of Salford is claimed to be one of the largest studies on e-scooters in the UK to date, with more than 2400 survey responses. 

“People value the ability to pick up an e-scooter to make a short journey, and then drop them off on arrival,” said Dr Graeme Sherriff from the University of Salford. 

“Our report highlights challenges, not least perceptions of risk in busy traffic and in shared use areas. It therefore adds to the evidence base supporting the provision of more high quality infrastructure for walking, cycling and scooting.”


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