After grinding to a halt due to COVID-19, the coastal e-scooter trial being conducted by the Cities of West Torrens, Port Adelaide Enfield and Charles Sturt is being relaunched. The six-month trial restarted on 4 September 2020 and will take place along the coastal path from West Beach to Outer Harbor.
The trial enables tourists and locals alike to ride an e-scooter along the coastal path and nearby streets in the three council areas, as a fun, easy to access and environmentally friendly alternative to driving.
Providers Neuron Mobility and Beam will each operate up to 250 e-scooters along the foreshore during the trial. E-scooters will be permitted to operate from 6am to 9pm (6pm during non-daylight savings periods), seven days per week. Designated parking areas and go-slow zones have been identified, with scooters automatically restricted to 10km/hr in these areas. All other areas will have a speed restriction of 15km/hr.
Clear signage is provided along the route with footpath stickers designating geofenced go-slow zones and parking areas where users can disengage from their ride while remaining upright and ensuring scooters are parked correctly.
In the current climate, e-scooters provide a clean, safe and efficient personal transport option for locals and tourists alike. With the restrictions on travel easing, they are the perfect way to get out and explore Adelaide’s coastal areas. The scooters feature a range of cutting-edge anti-viral measures introduced to keep them clean and to safeguard riders. Despite the reduced COVID-19 risks in South Australia, both scooter providers have teams on hand to continually sanitise and keep e-scooters germ-free.
“This initiative is another great example of councils collaborating to enable borderless environmentally friendly travel solutions along our picturesque coastline and beaches," Mayor Coxon said.
“It will also become a quick and easy option for and tourists and locals alike to go on a bit of an adventure and explore our stunning coastline further from home.”
“E-scooters means users are out in the fresh air, with more freedom to explore our great beaches without any parking hassles.”
For those concerned around sanitisation of the e-scooters, Neuron Mobility and Beam have advised that they will provide teams 'around the clock' to keep the machines germ-free using hospital grade disinfectant, designed and approved to kill a broad range of bacteria and viruses including COVID-19. Sanitisation will take place during daily maintenance, deployment and battery swapping. The companies do, however, recommend that all riders continue to sanitise their hands before and after touching foreign surfaces, including the e-scooters and if you feel unwell, don't take a trip.
- Measures have also been introduced to protect staff from catching and spreading the virus. These include extra sanitisation practices, use of personal protective equipment and revised illness and travel policies
- E-scooters are an option for those that wish to continue physical distancing. With a low number of rides in between cleans, Neuron’s e-scooter hand grips compare favourably to door handles, guard rails and lift buttons which are often touched more frequently.