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On your bike, Hammers fans

Filed: Tuesday, 6th November 2018
By: Staff Writer

Hammers fans could find their 20+ minute walk from Stratford station to the Olympic Stadium drastically shortened.

That's because an American company, the California based Bird, are introducing a new electric scooter hire scheme exclusively to the Olympic Park between the hours of 7am to 9pm.

A Bird in the Park

Although such powered scooters are currently prohibited on public roads and pavements in the UK, the Olympic Park - being on privately owned land - is not party to the same restrictions - although Bird maintain they are lobbying to chage UK regulations.

The trial scheme will mirror those already in operation in European cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna and Paris, as well as several major cities and Universities in the United States.

The scooters will be available to unlock via phone app, which will cost the user £1. An additional charge of 20p per minute will also apply, meaning that a five minute ride from Stratford station to the stadium would cost approximately £2 per journey.

Bird's trial run involves 50 scooters on the Olympic Park, and has already begun.

"We want to launch in many cities and to change the law we need to do a number of things,” said the company's Richard Corbett. "One is lobby with government and get support from government for what we’re trying to achieve."

Electric scooters are currently banned on public roads under an archaic law - The 1835 Highways Act - that prohibits the use of carriages on pavements and footpaths.

Bird are just one of many such startups hailing from the US - Lime, Jump, and Spin are all competitors in the same field.

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