What is an e-scooter?
Electric scooters, such as the Xiaomi M365 and Segway ES2 are personal transporters designed for adults and teens. They came to prominence in North America and Europe when scooter hire companies Bird and Lime put thousands of them on the streets of various cities. They are controversial in the UK due to not being legal to ride on public highways. However, as with nearly all police forces, West Yorkshire police do not appear to have taken any action against e-scooter riders so it seems one can ride an e-scooter around Bradford without issue, and as the Telegraph & Argus reported, they could bring great benefits to the city.
Where to buy e-scooters in Bradford?
There are very stores selling electric scooters in Bradford (or elsewhere in West Yorkshire). Even the Halfords off Hamm Strasse do not have any on display (and few in stock). The nearby Argos (in the retail park) sells some cheaper, less well-regarded e-scooters but does not display them either. The other option for Bradford residents looking to buy an e-scooter is to buy from an online retailer like Scootered. If you want to see or try out an electric scooter before buying one you may have to consider visiting London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or even one of the many European cities with a Bird or Lime e-scooter hire scheme. Bird is hiring them in the London park, using the Xiaomi M365, and charging £1 to unlock them.
Although more real-world stores selling e-scooters may appear in Bradford, it is also true that High Streets are transforming across the country, including in Bradford, as consumers choose to buy goods online. The cost of renting a shop means that bricks and mortar retailers are forced to sell at a higher price to cover their costs, which is why so many High Street retailers have struggled against e-tailers. This is why, if price is important, it may be hard to beat the discount offered by online retailers for well-regarded electric scooters, such as the Xiaomi M365 or the Ninebot-Segway ES2. If you buy from Scootered, you have the peace of mind of dealing with a UK company offering full warranties.
This is an edited version of the post on electric scooters in Bradford.