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