Rent-and-ride e-scooter trial coming to Melbourne
A new form of electric mobility is about to hit Melbourne’s streets and bike paths.
Melbourne’s first legal electric scooter service will launch from February 1, when 1,500 vehicles will be available for hire across the Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip municipalities.
Despite the increasing prevalence of private e-scooters in Melbourne, they are officially illegal if they can travel at more than 10km/h.
Given the adoption of the devices, the Department of Transport has established a comprehensive trial to gauge their efficiency, safety and effectiveness.
Electric scooter trial
The year-long trial will be operated by e-scooter experts Lime and Neuron Mobility. Prospective riders will need to download the Lime and Neuron apps to access the scooter.
Able to be ridden on bikeways, shared paths (not including footpaths) and roads with a speed limit up to 50km/h, the rent-and-ride trial comes after Ballarat launched a similar program in December 2021 involving 250 scooters.
Booking an e-scooter will require riders to be over the age of 18 and wear a helmet, just like regular bike riders.
In this case, the e‐scooters use an app‐controlled “helmet lock”, which secures a helmet to the vehicle and electronically releases it at the start of the booking.
The trial is expected to be popular with tourists and Melburnians and is supported by the RACV as another form of sustainable mobility solution for our metropolis.