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Exploring Birmingham with Electric Scooters: Your Ultimate Guide

With the growing popularity of electric scooters and the continued push for sustainable transportation, it’s no surprise that Birmingham has joined the ranks of cities embracing e-scooters. In this article, we'll explore the ins-and-outs of using electric scooters in Birmingham, from the various providers, the rules and regulations you need to follow, and the steps to find and ride your electric scooter with ease.

Get Started with Electric Scooter Providers in Birmingham

In order to use electric scooters in Birmingham, you'll first need to choose a scooter provider. Currently, popular providers in the city include Bird, Lime, and Voi. Each provider offers smartphone applications to help you find, unlock and pay for your scooter usage.

  1. Download and Create Your Account

Download your chosen provider's app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Once installed, create an account by providing your email and phone number, and linking it to a payment method, such as a credit or debit card.

  1. Find an Electric Scooter

Open the app and locate the e-scooters nearest to you on the map. Select one based on their battery level. Great news: most electric scooter providers have scooters in key areas, including train stations, malls, and tourist attractions.

  1. Unlock the Scooter

Stand beside the scooter and click 'unlock' on the app. You would need to scan the QR code on the handlebars or enter the scooter's unique ID to unlock it.

E-Scooter Rules and Regulations in Birmingham

Before using an electric scooter in Birmingham, it's essential to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations:

  1. Driver's License: You must hold at least a provisional driving license to operate an electric scooter. Remember to carry it with you while riding.

  2. Age: Riders must be over the age of 16.

  3. Speed Limits: Scooters must not exceed 15.5mph (25km/h) on bike lanes or public roads.

  1. Helmet: Although not compulsory, it is highly recommended to wear a helmet for safety.

  2. No Sidewalks: Riding on sidewalks is prohibited. Stick to bike lanes and roads while riding.

  3. Parking: Park your e-scooter in designated parking spaces around the city. Avoid obstructing pavements, access ramps, and bus stops.

Enjoy Your Ride!

Remember to always ride responsibly and with caution. By adhering to these guidelines, you'll be sure to enjoy exploring Birmingham on an electric scooter.

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