Are you thinking of trying Zwings? But you’re feeling a bit nervous riding on a busy road? Then Give Me a Read!
In this article, we’ll introduce you to some quiet areas where you can try a Zwings and get your balance before testing it out on the open road.
First things first, what do I need?
We recommend you use a helmet and some high vis clothing to ensure other road users and pedestrians can spot you. Before taking a ride, you must complete the registration process, which includes a driving or provisional licence verification, and perform a safety check on the vehicle to ensure there are no damages and it’s safe to ride. You can see all available vehicles to rent directly on the map feature of our app.
A few pointers about riding:
- You need to end a ride in one of our designated parking bays, so make sure you know which one is the closest to you!
- If you ever experience any issues ending your ride, give our Support team a call on the following number +44(0)20 3882 0611 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We are here to help!
- Lastly, check your map before heading to a parking bay to ensure there is a vehicle available and when starting a ride, don’t forget to push off before holding down the accelerator as this kick starts the engine.
Alright, now down to business, where can I ride without being on a busy road?
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Cheltenham has a wonderful cycle path along the Honeybourne Line. This is a great place to get your bearings on the vehicle. We have parking bays located all along the Honeybourne Line starting from:
- Tommy Taylors Lane GL50 4RN (51.910698, -2.079597)
- Junction St Paul’s Road and Folly Lane GL50 4BU (51.907758, -2.081233)
- Hardwick Campus next to St Paul’s Road GL50 4BP (51.908152, -2.083616)
- Junction at the top of High Street & Townsends Street GL51 8DW (51.90573, -2.084968)
- St James’ Roundabout GL50 3QW (51.902468, -2.085498)
- Queen’s Road next to the Cheltenham Spa Station GL51 8NP (51.8974, -2.098897)
Additionally, this area has a slow speed restriction, meaning the vehicle won’t go above 10mph.
Another great location is Pittville Park. The nearest bay is Central Cross Drive GL52 2BJ (51.907697, -2.068717). Pittville Park is also a slow zone as it can be heavily populated with pedestrians. The vehicle will not go above 6mph in the park.
Gloucester has many quiet lanes and paths, however, the best place to avoid busy roads is to go for a ride along the Metz Way cycle path, through Abbeymead Avenue and up Heron Way. Further up Abbeymead Avenue, down Lobley’s Drive, you’ll find another perfect spot to try out an e-scooter for the first time. There are also many parking bays surrounding the road. The nearest bays are:
- Eastgate Street GL1 1QT (51.86166, -2.239157)
- Market Parade GL1 1RL (51.86541, -2.241818)
- Northgate Street GL1 2AD (51.866889, -2.242869)
- Coney Hill Parade GL4 4QE (51.851973, -2.212808)
- The Oaks GL4 5WP (51.852153, -2.203102)
- Lobleys Drive GL3 4GD (51.845141, -2.184079)
- Kingsley Road GL4 6RS (51.846223, -2.230097)
Newcastle-under-Lyme is a fabulous city to learn how to ride in, with extensive bike paths running from Cross Health through to Knutton, along Cemetery Road, and all the way to Keele University. Please see below for the location and coordinates to the nearest parking bays:
- Cleveland Road ST5 6HX (53.023750, -2.251390)
- Lower Milehouse Lane ST5 9BY (53.02034, -2.244382)
- Junction Stanton Close & Knutton Lane (53.016408, -2.244388)
- Keele Road ST5 2JX (53.007875, -2.242355)
- Keele University – Keele Road (53.005958, -2.267233) or (53.003017, -2.270755)
And the nearest parking bays on the South of the city along the Lyme Brooke are below:
- Orme Road ST5 2PD (53.009228, -2.23114)
- Blackfriars Road ST5 2EQ (53.008668, -2.2292)
- Brook Lane ST5 3AE (53.006753, -2.225877)
Watch out though! Before you leave our operation area, the last parking bay is at the bottom of Lyme Valley Parkway ST4 6PJ (53.002324, -2.216191).
Head over to the Nine Springs park to have a first ride surrounded by natures’ finest! Please note, only the cycle path along the Nine Spring is currently part of our operational area. Making it a great place to have a go away from other road users. You can find four parking bays at either side of the path for an ideal pick up and drop off experience.
- Fosse Park Road BA20 2FW (50.9378061,-2.6449347)
- Goldenstones Leisure Center/ Brunswick Street BA20 1QY (50.936555, -2.636179)
- Tanyard Way BA20 1EL (50.939832, -2.625665)
- Old Station Road BA20 1EL (50.940618, -2.625828)
Don’t hesitate to check out our FAQ articles for any more information!