Dockless vehicles obstruct walkways and present dangerous trip hazards to pedestrians, particularly those with sight loss. We have seen dockless bikes obstructing pavements in London having a huge impact on blind and partially sighted people and it is essential to avoid this with e-scooter rental hire schemes. For long-term use, accessibly designed fixed docking stations are the only safe parking solution for rental hire vehicles. However, if this isn’t possible for short-term pilot rental schemes road car parking spaces should be repurposed for e-scooter parking. To minimize the impact on disabled pedestrians:
- Rental e-scooters must always be parked in designated parking bays, where a detectable kerb (with a minimum height of 60mm) separates walkways from parked e-scooters.
- Create strong mechanisms to encourage and enforce compliance with parking rules using tools like bluetooth beacons or GPS tracking for monitoring individual driver behaviour.
- Monitor adherence to parking requirements and plan how you will move any e-scooters not parked in a designated bay as quickly as possible and within a certain timescale (for example 1 hour of being abandoned), to avoid pavement obstructions. If for any reason your staff are not able to move the obstruction, consider how you will report this to the local authority.