6 Nov 2018
London campus celebrates launch of exciting new mode of transport at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
From this week, staff and students at Loughborough University London are now able to travel around on electric scooters created by Bird.
Bird offers an affordable, environmentally-friendly transport solution in the area which users will be able to access from 7am-9pm every day.
The e-scooters are located in ‘Bird Nests’ which are positioned in various locations around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, including outside the reception at the University campus.
The scooters are connected to an app which users need to download first. They simply find their nearest Bird scooter, scan the code to unlock it and start their journey.
It costs £1 to unlock the scooter, and the user is then charged 20p for each minute of use. For example, a trip from Here East to Westfield Stratford City would cost around £2.
The technology behind the new mode of transport uses GPS tracking and monitoring which ensures the scooters remain within the Stratford area where they are currently being trialled.
The new venture marks the area as the first location in the UK to legally use electric scooters in a public space.
Professor David Deacon, Dean of Loughborough University London commented: “Loughborough University in London is very pleased to support our landlord LLDC and Here East in launching Bird with their landmark mobility solution on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
“Our students and staff will be the first in the United Kingdom to ride this exciting new form of transport.”
Richard Corbett, Head of Bird UK, added: “We’re really excited to be launching Bird in Queen Elizabeth Park today.
“People that study and work in the area will now have access to an environmentally friendly transport option to help get around. All over the world, Bird is transforming the way people get around their cities, and we hope this pilot demonstrates the advantages our service could bring the whole of London.”
All staff and students based at Loughborough University London are entitled to a free helmet from Bird and can get £5 off using the code ‘BIRDLONDON’.