E-scooter sharing scheme rides into Canberra

Dominic Giannini 22 January 2021 28

Minister Chris Steel demonstrates the new e-scooter in action. Photos: Dominic Giannini.

Canberrans will soon have another option to traverse the city with up to 1,500 dockless electric scooters being introduced under a new share scheme. It is anticipated the e-scooters will be available to hire as early as August 2020.

The e-scooters offer a new alternative for “first mile, last mile” trips to connect residents to public transport hubs, and will be especially useful for tourists around the city and parliamentary triangle, the ACT Government said.

The rollout will begin in Canberra’s inner north and inner south suburbs and will operate in at least one other area as part of the contract with two e-scooter operators that will be issued permits for up to 750 e-scooters each.

“We anticipate that the e-scooters will be popular with tourists, using them to explore Canberra and move between our national and cultural institutions,” the Minister for City Services and Transport, Chris Steel, said.

“We have engaged with the National Capital Authority and the Australian National University so that they can regulate e-scooter share schemes on their land in a similar way to the rest of the city.

“Operators will be expected to manage their e-scooters to ensure that they do not clutter our streetscapes and urban areas, that their fleets are regularly rebalanced, and that they do not block people walking or moving through public spaces.”

After trialling an e-scooter in Brisbane, Kingston Foreshore resident James Adams decided to buy his own for his journey to work in Canberra.

James Adams says it is easier to drive his e-scooter to work instead of sitting in traffic with his car.

“I work in Civic, and it takes me just over 10 minutes to get there. I used to drive, so I would have to pay for parking and petrol, I would have to battle traffic. But now it is easy, fast and convenient,” he said.

“There is a small learning curve at the very beginning. It probably took me half an hour or so to get used to the controls, but once you get used to it, it is quite easy.

“Anyone can learn how to use an e-scooter no matter how old or young you are.”

For residents who are concerned about the rollout of the e-scooters, Mr Adams says using the new devices are no different from the bikes that are already on our paths.

“Sharing the paths is all about respect,” he said.

“It is just like if you are using a bike on a path: ring your bell in you are going past, slow down if there is a lot of pedestrians – it is all about sharing the path and having e-scooters in the mix does not change those courtesy rules we are all used to.

“You will be able to book an e-scooter through an app and they will be regularly cleaned when they are charged and rebalanced by the two operators, ensuring their cleanliness during the pandemic,” Mr Steel said.

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Electric scooters are already legal to use on shared paths and footpaths in the ACT but are not permitted on roads or on-road bicycle lanes. It is also legal to use an e-scooter on shared paths and footpaths in the ACT.

The e-scooters are subject to a maximum speed of 15 km/h on footpaths and up to 25 km/h in all other permitted locations.

The share scheme will also use geofencing technology to ensure they are not taken too far from the city and GPS technology will be used to limit the access of the scooters to restricted areas and parking locations.

Information and upcoming meeting details can be found at Transport Canberra.

Applications to operate the dockless e-scooter scheme will be open from 20 July until 3 August 2020.

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28 Responses to E-scooter sharing scheme rides into Canberra
Capital Retro Capital Retro 3:47 pm 10 Jul 20

Does someone from the renting company travel around sanitising the hand-grips after use so the next customer doesn’t get COVID 19?

wottaway wottaway 11:47 pm 09 Jul 20

Just what Canberra needed, more maniacs on footpaths. They ARE different to the bikes….they’re EXTRA. Teenagers must have a lot of pull down there.

David Brown David Brown 7:22 pm 09 Jul 20

I think it is a great idea. I hope the fees are reasonable.

Caitlyn Warren Caitlyn Warren 12:35 pm 09 Jul 20

Austin Warren I'm so excited

Phil Hopkins Phil Hopkins 10:17 pm 07 Jul 20

They have these in Prague - an absolute nuisance. Just dumped everywhere and riders have no respect for pedestrians. If people want scooters then they should buy their own. The ACT government need to really rethink this. I suspect they will profit from it though. Has to be the worst idea ever!!!

Aimee Miller Aimee Miller 8:05 pm 07 Jul 20

Kate Mylan Rebecca Mylan Broderick Miller 2601 scooter gang

Sue Skinner Sue Skinner 1:02 pm 07 Jul 20

Hard enough dodging hard core lycra cowboys on roads & footpaths as it is. Looks like fun though!

Tony Soldo Tony Soldo 5:25 am 07 Jul 20

Pete Soldo we can share 😂

Alexandra Hughes Alexandra Hughes 4:54 am 07 Jul 20

Here's a law suit coming. OMG not an election yearvis it?

Rob Thomas Rob Thomas 12:50 am 07 Jul 20

Oh yes! Something I can complain about oh god yes! I'm so irritated! Yes! Yes! Yes!!

Joanne Mitchell Joanne Mitchell 12:34 am 07 Jul 20

Or you could just walk 🙂 .

Peter Major Peter Major 10:05 pm 06 Jul 20

I hope they come with public liability insurance and third party personal.

Birchy Birchy Birchy Birchy 9:50 pm 06 Jul 20

Works well in Brisbane and bring it to Canberra woot woot

Mark Vearing Mark Vearing 9:28 pm 06 Jul 20

Adelaide has them and a lot ended up the river Torrens or dumped in public lakes/ponds.

    Kriso Hadskini Kriso Hadskini 7:51 am 07 Jul 20

    Mark Vearing Exactly, hope the govt has a clean up budget.

Kriso Hadskini Kriso Hadskini 9:17 pm 06 Jul 20

Can't wait to trip over them! And have them plough into me wherever I walk!

    Angela Tsang Angela Tsang 11:08 pm 06 Jul 20

    Kriso you me around the foreshore! Giddyup 😂

    Kriso Hadskini Kriso Hadskini 7:50 am 07 Jul 20

    Angela Tsang 🤣 why use muscles when u can use a battery and then chuck it on the nature strip along with the literal tonnes of rubbish Canberrans leave around already?

Victor Lee Victor Lee 8:49 pm 06 Jul 20

Dockless. So does that mean people will just leave them everywhere on nature strips and other people's front yards like we saw in Sydney with the OBikes?

    Cary M Laue Cary M Laue 11:10 pm 06 Jul 20

    Yup - and end up in the lake - where they belong Vic...

    Rob Thomas Rob Thomas 12:49 am 07 Jul 20

    Grrr! People! New things! Grrr!

    Victor Lee Victor Lee 8:50 am 07 Jul 20

    Rob Thomas I'm not opposed to new things. I actually quite like the idea of having these scooters around. But as we've seen in Sydney, if it's dockless, people will just dump them wherever they feel like it which makes for a very unsightly Canberra.

Charmaine Vearing Charmaine Vearing 8:47 pm 06 Jul 20

I hasn’t worked in other states. Let’s see how it goes here.

Scott Humphries Scott Humphries 8:25 pm 06 Jul 20

Great, natural photo :)

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