People in Chester will soon be able to get around using electric scooters, as part of a trial taking part in the city from 21st December.
The trial is part of a Department for Transport (DfT) initiative that was approved by the government earlier in the year.
It follows the introduction of similar schemes in areas such as Milton Keynes.
The DFT wants to explore how e-scooters can complement existing transport options – especially for short trips – as part of an effort to ease the pressure on local public transport services.
CWAC’s Cllr Karen Shore said: “This is an exciting opportunity to explore new greener transport options for our historic City.
“The trial of rental e-scooters starting in Chester could offer cleaner, efficient and more affordable travel for local communities, complementing the council’s wider transport initiatives.
“The e-scooters will also help visitors explore our many attractions, supporting the city centre economy.”
Cllr Shore added: “We’ve been able to learn from trials that have already been launched in other parts of the country.
“Colleagues in Cheshire Police have also been involved in our planning to ensure measures are in place to avoid misuse.”
The scooters will not move unless unlocked by a valid driving licence holder, using a mobile phone app, and they will cut out if taken into a location that is not approved for their use.
There is also a speed limiter installed.
Cllr Shore continued: “This is a 12-month trial and I’m sure some the scooter parking locations and operational elements will change and evolve as we explore how this mode of transport can be used in Chester.
“I encourage residents, businesses and visitors to participate in the trial and provide feedback.”
Ginger CEO Paul Hodgins said, “We are very excited to be bringing one of the national e-scooter pilots to Chester and to be working together with Cheshire West and Chester Council.
“Ginger had the first pilot in the country, and we are now live in multiple towns across the UK.
“Like all our pilots, we will start on a small-scale, with dedicated parking bays, introducing the trial to Chester in a controlled and safe manner.”
To use the scooters, people will need to download the Ginger Shared Transport App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
The e-scooters cost £2 per 20 minutes of journey time and half rate (50p per 10 minutes) for pausing time.
The scooters will continue to charge their user until they are parking properly in a designated e-scooter parking area and the ride is concluded via the app.
Anyone hiring e-scooters must be aged 18 or over, with a valid driving licence (full or provisional) or a motorcycle licence.
(Before the 21st December launch, all official parking bays will be clearly identified by ground markings and signage.)