Shared scooters on a roll
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.