E-Scooter trial

Salford Council is participating in the Department for Transport’s E-Scooter trial.

We have partnered up with Lime Scooters who is running the scheme and are fully responsible for the implementation and operating costs. Lime is the world’s leading micro mobility company, which provides e-scooters in 125 cities around the world.

The scheme is being run entirely by Lime and is supported by Salford City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the University of Salford who will research ‘micro-mobility’ over short distances.

The scooters can be used between the University of Salford, Salford Quays and up to the boundary with Manchester city council, as well as to Salford Royal Hospital. The e-scooters can be ridden the same as a pedal cycle and can use bike lanes and shared footways where cycling is permitted. The e-scooter should not be ridden on a footway or in other pedestrian areas, unless there is signage indicating it can be used by pedal cycles.

E-scooters can be found and parked in specific marked parking bays, these can be located by downloading the Lime App. To start a ride, once you have downloaded the Lime App, scan the QR code on the handlebars to begin a ride. Once complete you must park it responsibly in a designated parking zone and take a photo to confirm the end of the ride. Each ride costs £1 to unlock and 15p per minute to use, discounts are available for job seekers, students and some employment sectors, please contact Lime directly for more information.

It remains illegal to use an e-scooter privately but the government has fast-tracked permission for the trials as part of the national response to the pandemic. Visit the Lime website for more information.

The trial commenced in October 2020 and has recently been extended to November 2022, following advice from DfT.

Anyone who is over 18 and holds a provisional driving license can hire a scooter.

For more information about scooter hire in Salford or to report a problem with the scooters, please contact Lime:

This page was last updated on 8 June 2022

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