New dockless bays for rental e-scooters and e-bikes 

18 December 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth Council is currently installing 191 new dockless bays across the borough for rental e-scooters and e-bikes to reduce pavement clutter.

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New dockless bays for rental e-scooters and e-bikes 

The expansion will bring the total number to over 240 meaning that most of Lambeth’s residents will be able to reach a bay within a 5-minute walk. Once all the bays are installed, users will be required to park in these locations.

From next month, rental e-scooters will be permitted for use in the south of Lambeth under an ongoing trial scheme by Transport for London that has been operating in the north of Lambeth since July 2021.

View the dockless bay locations here 

Deputy leader Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Lambeth and Clean Air, said: “Lambeth Council supports the expansion of sustainable forms of travel such as rental dockless bikes and scooters, but we also recognise the accessibility issues that parking in pavements and in high demand locations can cause.  

“As more people use rental bikes and scooters, users need to be considerate to those who rely on a wheelchair or pushchair and who find blocked pavements a significant problem.   

“It’s vital that when people are finished using rental scooters and bikes, they are stored safely in one of the new dockless bays rather than abandoned on the street for the next person to use.”  

The roll out of new dockless bays has been in collaboration with operators who have worked with the council to agree the terms of how these services operate in the borough.   

This forms part of a commitment in the Kerbside Strategy to expand the coverage of rental e-scooter and e-bike services across the whole borough.  

The operators for the e-scooter trial are Dott, Lime and Voi. For rental e-bikes, the operators which provide a service in Lambeth are Tier, Lime and Forest.   

The dockless bays will be installed in some of Lambeth’s busiest areas to ensure that e-scooter and e-bike users can properly park their rental vehicles when they finish their journey.   

They will also be installed in residential areas so Lambeth residents who are travelling to work, to the shops or back home can start or end their journey without inconveniencing people walking and wheeling.   

Expanding the provision for cycle hire schemes was a key commitment in Lambeth Council’s Transport Strategy and its award-winning Kerbside Strategy to reclaim space from car parking and repurpose it for other uses.  

Cllr Chowdhury added: “We are committed to improving the cycle hire infrastructure across the borough so we can encourage more people to try out more active ways to get around Lambeth like cycling, walking, scooting, or wheeling.  

“We would urge rental bike and scooter users to be thoughtful of others and return them to one of the new dockless bays, even if it takes a minute or two longer to get to your destination.”   

Residents who would like to participate in the consultation for the new bays can do so by visiting our consultation page.