Ninebots get the green light

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

THE Peel’s favourite two-wheel ad­ven­ture ma­chines, the Ninebots op­er­ated by Wheel­ing Ad­ven­tures, have re­ceived the green light to op­er­ate at all 10 lo­ca­tions af­ter a long-awaited de­ci­sion handed down by the State’s Road Safety Com­mis­sion.

Co-owner Veronique Bes­son said she was over­whelmed with grat­i­tude to the City of Man­durah and Dawesville MLA Kim Hames for their as­sis­tance and ad­vo­cacy dur­ing the nine-month process.

An­nounc­ing Wheel­ing Ad­ven­tures’ new eco-wildlife tour at Len Howard Con­ser­va­tion Park at Ersk­ine, Mrs Bes­son said the glitch was in the def­i­ni­tion of the per­sonal trans­porta­tion ve­hi­cles.

“Our Ninebots are the nextgen­er­a­tion Seg­ways – owned by the same com­pany in fact – and they needed to be for­mally cleared to op­er­ate in pub­lic space,’’ she said.

“They are sim­i­lar but dif­fer­ent in that Ninebots are smaller, lighter, much eas­ier to op­er­ate and equipped with su­pe­rior tech­nol­ogy.

“We worked with the City of Man­durah to cre­ate maps of our in­tended routes, which were then ap­proved but only af­ter the Ninebots were tested by Aus­tralian en­gi­neers and had passed spe­cific tests.

“The re­port was sent to City of Man­durah for ap­proval, then to the Road Safety Com­mis­sion, then to the of­fice of the WA Min­is­ter of Po­lice & Road Safety, who ap­proved it and placed it in the Gov­ern­ment Gazette.”

The en­ergy-ef­fi­cient, green ma­chines will be seen this sum­mer op­er­at­ing on two tours – Mand­jar and Sun­set in Style – on the east­ern fore­shore board­walk, as well as the Sun­downer tour from The Cut Golf Course, and the new eco-wildlife tour from Man­durah Quay Re­sort.

Jill Burgess

Veronique Bes­son (cen­tre) an­nounces the new eco-wildlife tour at Len Howard Con­ser­va­tion Park on the newly ap­proved Ninebots.

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