Shared scoot­ers on a roll

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - IAN ROYALL

MEL­BOURNE’S first elec­tric scooter share scheme is set to roll out on the streets of the city’s bay­side sub­urbs this sum­mer.

Syd­ney start-up Ride On Aus­tralia will test the rental scoot­ers in St Kilda to­day be­fore aim­ing for an of­fi­cial launch in com­ing weeks.

The com­pany has been in talks with Port Phillip, Frankston, Bay­side and Yarra coun­cils. The test will pro­vide the com­pany with data to feed back to the coun­cils and VicRoads to gain ap­provals to launch.

The elec­tric-pow­ered twowheel­ers will be lim­ited to 10kmh, so users only need a bi­cy­cle hel­met. The scoot­ers would be dropped off around the streets in the morn­ing, tracked by GPS and col­lected by the com­pany for recharg­ing overnight.

Ride On Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Aaron Wein­berg told the Sun­day Her­ald Sun the com­pany had also spo­ken to Bi­cy­cle Net­work Aus­tralia and VicRoads. “We do see a need for this type of trans­port, and peo­ple are al­ready us­ing it all over the city,’’ he said.

Users will pay $1 to start and 25 cents a minute.

Mr Wein­berg said the scheme was noth­ing like oBikes be­cause his com­pany had bet­ter se­cu­rity and ac­count­abil­ity.

VicRoads and the state trans­port de­part­ment are re­view­ing how the schemes could work on the state’s roads, bike lanes and foot­paths and if users would need a bi­cy­cle or mo­tor­cy­cle hel­met.

Ride On Aus­tralia staff test out the elec­tric scoot­ers.

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