Electric scooters could be riding towards Sunshine Coast
ADULTS living on the Sunshine Coast could soon have the opportunity to scoot their way back to childhood with the potential introduction of electric scooters.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said today at a press conference that the council had been approached by a company looking to launch a service similar to Lime's in Brisbane.
"I have recently had some communication from a ride app company, who would be looking to perhaps introduce scooters to the Sunshine Coast," Cr Jamieson said.
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A bike loan service was "not necessarily on council's radar", Cr Jamieson said, yet electric scooters on the Coast could be a possibility.
"That's an initial inquiry, there's a long way to go before council would necessarily make the decision around that," Cr Jamieson said.
"But I guess they're the sorts of things to deal with in the future."
Although the ride share companies would need to "convince (council) that the opportunity exists" on the Coast, Cr Jamieson also said residents would be involved in the process.
"There's a job to be done...and indeed, (with) the consultation with our community about how they would feel about it," Cr Jamieson said.
"Obviously there are a number of these companies around now, and they have slightly different platforms that need to be considered."
The introduction of e-scooters in Brisbane has been a bumpy ride for company Lime, after reports of multiple riders sustaining injuries were recorded and hundreds of safety breach fines were given.
A 50-year-old Brisbane man died in May this year after he fell from the electric scooter while on a midnight ride through South Bank Parklands.
Cr Jamieson acknowledged the potential risk of ride share scooters if introduced on the Coast.
"There are obviously areas where it's been demonstrated they are quite challenging, and other areas where they've been a great success, so we've got to try and weigh that all up."
HOW DOES A SCOOTER RIDE APP WORK IN BRISBANE?
Electric scooter company Lime first popped up in the Brisbane CBD and neighbouring suburbs earlier this year.
The Lime app must be downloaded on user's phones and costs $1 to unlock a vehicle and 30 cents each minute of the trip until you log off.
Riders must be aged over 18 and wear a helmet while riding them, with Queensland Government laws stating the scooters must have a maximum speed of 25km/h.
The dockless scooters have been rolled out in multiple cities across the world.