Council's e-scooter scheme on track, but more work needed

RACQ has called for better infrastructure to encourage greater suburban uptake of e-scooters and e-mobility devices and more enforcement for those who break the road rules, following the release of Brisbane City Council’s plan to support the rapidly growing technology.
Man riding an electric scooter

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie welcomed Brisbane City Council’s E-Mobility Strategy saying the technology would bolster transport options for many River City residents.

“E-scooters, e-bikes, powered skateboards and balance boards can fill that space between the train and workplace, or bus stop and home, as well as being ridden across the network, which is why we welcome Councils’ CityLink cycleway trial to allow safe operation in the CBD,” Ms Ritchie said. 

“However, we would have liked to have seen more focus on encouraging private device uptake, especially for those living in the outer suburbs where the real time saving and commuting benefits will be felt.

“We call on Council to commit to greater infrastructure upgrades to support safe and legal riding for all e-scooter users across Brisbane, especially those in areas where there’s limited access to existing public transport, and thus a reliance on cars."

Ms Ritchie praised Council’s improved focus on safety but called for greater collaboration with Queensland Police to deliver better enforcement against rule breakers.

"There are still reports of regular illegal riding behaviour or the use of devices which don't meet legal specifications across Brisbane," she said. 

“With 78 percent of e-mobility injuries reported to emergency departments related to shared e-scooters, and with many injured because riders were drunk or not using a helmet it’s clear more education and enforcement is needed.

“Ultimately e-mobility devices are a great addition to our transport network, but we want riders to obey the rules every time they use them which will go a long way in keeping themselves, pedestrians and cyclists safe.” 

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