10,000 scooter rides taken in Bundaberg

Kirri Saunders and Sam Meyer are two of the first 10,000 residents on the Neuron Mobility e-scooters in Bundaberg and Bargara.

By Aaron Goodwin

There has been over 10,000 trips taken on the new Neuron E-Scooters in Bundaberg since they were launched on 2 April and authorities are praising the public, for a majority of responsible behaviour while riding the e-scooters.

The e-scooters which operate in both Bundaberg Central and Bargara, are being ridden at all hours of the day and taking people from point a to point b at up to 25km/h.

On 13 April at 6.32pm, one person was taken to Bundaberg Hospital, after the e-scooter they were riding crashed into a parked vehicle, on Woongarra Street and Mayborough Street.

A Neuron Mobility spokesperson said that the vast majority of users are riding in a responsible and safe manner.

”Of course there have been a few people who are still undecided about e-scooters — that happens particularly in the early days of a new programme — but overwhelmingly we’ve had fantastic feedback and support from the community.

”Our e-scooters are GPS-connected and every trip is logged, they are also fitted with registration plates which help to promote responsible riding.

”We generally warn people who are breaking the rules and try to reeducate them but we can also suspend their accounts if they have been found to have ridden dangerously or if they continually break the rules.”

If an e-scooter is vandalised, it is remotely immobilised so that it is temporarily rendered unusable.

The council has worked with Neuron to set slow-zones, no-go zones and no-parking zones.

If an e-scooter is moved when it’s not in a paying trip, a GPS location ping is sent to the local operations team.

Facebook has seen a lot of feedback and comments across a number of pages, with residents expressing disappointment towards dangerous behaviour on the e-scooters.

Some of the key points concerned residents bring up are; riders not wearing helmets, riders speeding on footpaths and shared walkways and scooters left infront of private drive ways and private property.

Officer in charge of the Bundaberg Road Policing Unit, Sergeant Marty Arnold, said that it has been overly positive behaviour from riders so far.

”With anything new there is always going to be the greater majority that do the right thing but always one or two that will do the wrong thing,” Sgt Arnold said.

”We have seen a few minor infringements, occasionally a person is not wearing a helmet or leaving the e-scooter in an inappropriate place.

”But these are teething problems that you expect with any new implementation.

”We maintain regular contact with the company during the trial period.

”We are constantly speaking with the district and regional managers of the e-scooters just on the implementation.

”We are giving people a warning first time and if a follow-up is required, that’s when action is taken.”

Here are reminders of some top safety rules on the Neuron E-Scooters:

-Neuron riders must be 18 years old and above to ride a Neuron e-scooter

-Riding is allowed on footpaths, not on-road cycleways and only on local roads with a speed limit of 50km/h or less with no dividing line in the middle of the road

-Do not ride under the influence of alcohol or any other substance

-Only one rider allowed per e-scooter, and no tandem riding with children

-Wearing a helmet is mandatory, there is one on every e-scooter

-Maintain a safe distance between other riders and pedestrians

-Give way to pedestrians and mobility devices (such as wheelchairs) at all times

-Park responsibly, don’t obstruct access areas, don’t park too close to a junction

Neuron will host another #ScootSafe activation happening in Bargara on 10 April between 10am – 4pm, near Turtle Park.