A pilot e-scooter project for Mayo is being considered by members of the county’s Strategic Roads committee.
Bird, a company that operates shared public e-scooters worldwide, recently provided members of the committee with an overview of what is achievable in Mayo towns.
While the use of e-scooters in public spaces is currently illegal in Ireland, legislation is expected to change that this summer.
Tristan Mak, senior operations associate with Bird, explained how scooters are placed in public areas and are accessed via an app, to allow a person to begin their journey.
Local teams collect, charge and repair the scooters and deploy them on the streets in parking 'nests'. The range from one charge is 30 to 40 kilometres.
Tristan explained that they have a rider education programme and when signing up to use the e-scooter you must undertake a safety tutorial.
UK and Ireland general manager, Charlotte Bailey, responding to councillor queries, said Bird are fully responsible for insurance.
On price, she said there is a €1 unlocking fee and then it's 15 cents per minute.
Most journeys cost €2-€3.
Castlebar councillor Cyril Burke has been giving more details to Midwest News…