Cr Moloney said while he did not expect e-scooters to be used by people travelling from the suburbs into central Ballarat, he saw them as a great way for people to travel around the CBD.
“When you’re in the CBD itself, it does make a lot more sense to park the car and then … use other forms of transport such as scooters, walking and cycling,” he said. Cr Moloney said he did not have safety concerns based on the experiences of other places around the world to trial e-scooters.
But recently released data had shown hundreds of people have been injured while riding e-scooters around Brisbane. Brisbane, along with Adelaide, and Darwin have all had e-scooters zooming through their streets long before the Victorian government announced its plans for an e-scooter trial.
Memories are still fresh from Melbourne’s oBike fiasco, which saw yellow bicycles up trees and abandoned in rivers across the city. City of Yarra, which has started its own e-bike trial, was seeing very low instances of dumping and vandalism due to the quality of both the bikes and the operator, a council spokesperson said.
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