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E-Scooters

Whether you’re a Canberra local or just passing through for a visit – it’s hard to miss the brightly coloured electric scooters scattered in and about the inner South, Inner North and Belconnen. No matter your style, it seems everyone from tradies to retirees are too happy to be seen using the e-scooters as a mode of transport; or simply for fun.

The e-scooters which rolled-out in Canberra in August, are a simple, environmentally friendly way to travel around Canberra and have been introduced to reduce pressure on our road network. The scheme will also create more jobs for Canberrans in the management and maintenance of the e-scooters.  The e-scooters are similar to e-bikes, using a rechargeable battery to power
them. To access a scooter, start by downloading an app on your smartphone. ‘Beam’ will give you access to the purple scooters and ‘Neuron’ will give you access to the orange scooters. There are generally the same number of scooters from both companies in any given location and the prices are similar. If you are a frequent user you may find the membership options more beneficial.

Through the app you are able to locate the closest scooters and view battery levels. Once you’ve selected your scooter, simply scan the QR code located inbetween the handlebars to unlock the helmet and start your ride. To end your trip, follow the prompts on the app and take a quick photo of the parked scooter. Both Neuron and Beam operators are required to ensure the scooters are
regularly cleaned, supply hand sanitiser (where possible) and provide information to riders about safe hygiene practices.

Neuron and Beam both have inbuilt geo-tagging safety features in their apps to ensure the safety of their riders and pedestrians. Scooters will automatically slow down in areas with high foot traffic and send alerts if a scooter is left in inappropriate location.

We have loved the introduction of E-Scooters to Kingston. We frequently jump on one and head to the Foreshore for lunch or zip up to Supabarn to grab a few last minute items for dinner. They’re certainly a must try experience when planning your next outing in Canberra!