Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability / Director of Neighbourhoods seeking approval for
To not undertake an E-Scooter trial in Rochdale Town Centre.
1. That the implementation of a 12 month e-Scooter Trial to operate in the area focussed around Rochdale Railway Station, Rochdale Town Centre and other key amenities in the town to be implemented by 31st March 2021 and end on 31st March 2022, be approved.
2. That the commencement of a tender process to seek a supplier and operator for the e-Scooter trial be approved.
3. That the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce) be approved to execute the necessary legal agreements and contact awards,
4. That should the pilot scheme be deemed to have been successful, a six month extension be approved until 31st September 2022 to enable the Council to undertake a further procurement process to award a Borough wide long term contract for an e-Scooter scheme to be rolled out on a phased basis across the Borough.
Reason for resolution
The Department for Transport announced at the start of 2021 that e-Scooter Trials should be in place and operating by 31st March 2021. This e-Scooter Hire scheme is to trial a model for shared mobility across the Borough focussing initially on Rochdale and provides a sustainable travel option to / from employment areas, town centres and local amenities