Watch Sunderland AFC star Luke O'Nien tackle city's new e-scooters
Sunderland AFC star Luke O’Nien has taken time out of his side’s promotion push to tackle the city’s new e-scooters.
The Black Cats ace dropped by the Stadium of Light to learn more about the hire scheme, operated by Neuron Mobility, and to push the message of scooting safely.
As the city comes out of lockdown, it is expected more people will use the e-scooters for journeys.
Riders will now be offered an in-app reaction test which promotes self reflection and helps them assess their suitability to ride ahead of any journey after 6pm daily. And to encourage more people to use the helmets provided with the scooters, Neuron will also be promoting an incentive in the app which awards 30p credits to those who take a ‘helmet selfie’ before starting their trip.
It comes as part of a nationwide campaign by Neuron and the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to promote safe riding.
The company says more Safety Ambassadors will also be on the streets in Sunderland, ensuring that riders are following the rules and are educated on how to ride safely and responsibly.
O’Nien said: “It’s great to finally have e-scooters on the streets of Sunderland. They are a great alternative form of transport, but always remember to use them safely and responsibly - don’t get yourself a red card for riding dangerously!
"Failure to abide by the rules may result in Police prosecution as well as points on, or a loss of your driving licence.”
Neuron’s City Operations Manager Chris Miles added: “It’s great to have Luke and the club on board helping to spread awareness about safe riding in Sunderland.
“As the Black Cats scoot up the Football League, we can’t wait to help more people scoot around the city. But it’s important that we all do everything we can to make sure that e-scooters continue to be used safely.
“We advise all new and existing riders to follow the rules and to ride responsibly, now is the time to be enjoying new-found freedom rather than risking points on your licence or spending time in A&E.”