E-SCOOTERS: Yay or nay for commercial ride sharing businesses?

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council is calling for feedback following a six-month trial of a commercial e-scooter service in Hervey Bay.

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The Fraser Coast Regional Council wants to hear your thoughts on a six-month trial of a commercial e-scooter service in Hervey Bay. PHOTO: File / Shaun Ryan.

Council approved an application from international company Bird for a six-month trial of a commercial e-scooter service in the city last year.

Hervey Bay was Bird’s first entry into Australia.

Council now wants to know residents’ reactions to the operation.

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Division 4 Councillor Daniel Sanderson said the trial provided a boost to the local economy, with Bird leasing a building and employing local staff to maintain the fleet of 300 to 400 e-scooters.

The e-scooters were “geofenced”, to ensure they were speed limited and could not be taken outside of the designated trial areas.

They were limited to 25kmph in most areas and 10kmph in highly populated places such as around the Urangan Pier, the Esplanade at Torquay and Scarness, the All-Abilities Playground and WetSide.

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“Council wants to hear residents’ thoughts of the e-scooters during the trial,” Cr Sanderson said.

“The feedback will be very important when Council comes to discuss the future of commercial e-scooter ride sharing businesses across the region.”

ALSO READ: QLD Government to begin rolling out new e-scooter rules

Find it Fraser Coast

E-scooters have become popular as an affordable and environmentally friendly mode of transport and commercial operations are now in place in Bundaberg, Brisbane and Townsville.

To have your say go to https://forms.office.com/r/JVnwEkm8kG to complete the online survey.

Community consultation is open now and closes on Sunday, May 15.

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7 thoughts

  1. I haven’t tried but watch them all the time and I think that they are a brilliant idea! I find them a bit expensive however considering the hard work you guys to gather them all the time and distribute again is wonderful!! Keep it going!!!

  2. No get rid of them. Left all over the place ,driveways footpaths & dumped in yards & waterways. Ridden without helmets a big nusiance for elderly who can’t hear them coming. Only a matter of time before someone is killed.

  3. I think they are a great way for visitors to move around the area and see the Bay. They provide local employment for gather them up for recharging and repair. In my opinion they are no more dangerous than mobility machines.

  4. E Scooters are a danger to pedestrians and road users. The users show no consideration for the aged. infirm or the young.
    The combination of cycles. skate boards and E Scooters have reduced any chance an individual has to use our foot paths in safety.
    EScooters are becoming a danger not only when they are in use but when they are discarded along the road side or on private property.
    Have a debate and ask for a show of hands regarding the problems asscociated to them and then wave hood bye to the company as they leave the bay.
    The council should make a stand and limit the traffic on foot paths not help create a danger zone.

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