e-Rideables trial a first in the Perth Metro area
The City of Stirling Council has this week endorsed a 12-month trial of e-Rideables including the assessment of proposed sites, identification of appropriate restrictions for operating areas, and the signing of an agreement with the proponent.
e-Rideables are electric-powered devices including e-scooters, electric unicycles, electric skateboards, electric roller skates, one-wheel electric scooters and hoverboards. New laws on e-Rideables came into effect on 4 December including limiting the devices to no faster than 25 km/h, establishing give way rules regarding pedestrians and a user age minimum of 16.
Mayor Mark Irwin said the passage of this initiative represented a small but key piece being added to the broader strategic vision for the City of Stirling, with Neuron Mobility selected to run the first e-scooter trial.
“Over the last decade the City of Stirling has prided itself on doing the due diligence and forward thinking necessary to build the City of Stirling into the City of Choice and Perth’s second CBD,” he said.
“Along with the bigger picture infrastructure investments like the Stephenson Avenue Extension, the $100 million redevelopment to the Scarborough Beach precinct and a $2 million federally-funded trackless tram business case, the City is committed to new innovations in local tourism amenities.
“e-Rideables can contribute to more vibrant and sustainable cities. They add to transport choice and can be a convenient, environmentally friendly mode of transport that may lead to business opportunities for tourism and rideshare operators.
“Importantly, they are the connective tissue of a new, modern and renewable-powered suite of transport options that enable residents and visitors to traverse the City to work, recreate and live in local neighbourhoods that are unique and well supported.
“No single initiative can be seen without the context of all the others, and I am proud of the work staff and elected members have been able to do together with the community to not only come up with a shared vision but to start to achieve it.”
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has welcomed today’s 12-month trial in the City of Stirling.
“This is exactly the type of initiative we would like to see rolled out across Perth,” she said.
“Our new regulations were targeted at creating exciting new opportunities, just like this, that would encourage more people to give this sustainable transport a go.
“Well done to the City of Stirling for making this happen so quickly.”
Richard Hannah, Head of Australia and New Zealand at Neuron Mobility, said the company is delighted to have been chosen by the City of Stirling to provide e-scooters as part of a 12-month trial.
“E-scooters are really well suited to the city and they will be a great way for locals as well as tourists to travel in a safe, convenient and environmentally-friendly way. Elsewhere in Australia, they are significantly reducing congestion and emissions while also helping to boost the local economy,” he said.
“Safety is our top priority; it dictates our e-scooter design and also the way we operate them. Our e-scooters are packed with a range of cutting-edge safety features and we know from experience in other cities that riders really appreciate this.
“We thank The City of Stirling for their trust and support.”
The City of Stirling will now work with the proponent to work through the final details of the trial before a start date is set.
Read more on the Neuron release.
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