E-scooters have launched in Canberra, just in time for spring.
28 August 2020
Canberrans have access to another mode of transport, with e-scooters now available in the capital.
E-scooters, or electric scooters, are similar to e-bikes, and use a rechargeable battery as a power source.
The shared scheme is being run by two companies in the ACT – Beam Mobility and Neuron Mobility.
Neuron Mobility’s bright orange e-scooters are now available for hire, with Beam Mobility’s purple e-scooters slated to hit the streets soon.
Hiring a Neuron e-scooter is conducted via the Neuron mobile app. The e-scooter and helmet are then unlocked via a QR code. It costs $1 to unlock and then 38 cents for every minute thereafter to ride the e-scooters.
Neuron’s e-scooters are available in the inner north, inner south and Belconnen. The National Capital Authority (NCA) and the Australian National University (ANU) have also approved the use of e-scooters in the Parliamentary Triangle and on ANU campuses.
It’s important to note that every person riding a bike or a personal mobility device in the ACT, such as an e-scooter, must wear a helmet.
Neuron Mobility and Beam Mobility will provide up to 1,500 e-scooters for Canberrans to use.
Beam Mobility and Neuron Mobility have introduced a virtual boundary system called geofencing to stop inappropriate parking and speeding.
Permits will specify where the e-scooters can be parked. The general principles on parking e-scooters and other personal mobility devices include:
- Not parking the device on roads, within 10 metres of a roundabout, traffic island or pedestrian crossing.
- Not parking the device within five metres of a bus stop (except where designated), steps, ramps, public toilets or building access points.
- Not parking the device in bus interchanges (except where designated) or in light rail stops.
Both e-scooter operators are required to ensure their devices are routinely cleaned, supply hand sanitiser (where possible) and provide information to riders about safe hygiene practices.