Good news for e-scooter riders in the region, with the popular transport option set to stick around.
Rockhampton Regional Council has endorsed the continued use of e-scooters across the city following a 12-month trial.
During the trial, the economic, environment and social impacts of the scooters were assessed and evaluated.
To date more than 25,000 riders have used the Neuron E-Scooters, travelling more than 410,000 kilometres with approximately 176,000 trips taken.
Mayor Tony Williams says the scooters offer a safe, sustainable, affordable, and convenient transport option for both residents and visitors.
“With a Ride Zone covering our iconic attractions including the Rockhampton Museum of Art, The Botanic Gardens and Zoo, the Visitor Information Centre and Riverside Precinct, our city is even more accessible,” he says.
“It was also exciting to see the ride zone expanded late last year with Kawana, Frenchville, Berserker and West Rockhampton added.”
“While we know most riders are using the e-scooters safely and considerately, we will work closely with the Queensland Police Service and Neuron to increase awareness of rules around their use and continue to improve safety.”
Advance Rockhampton executive manager Greg Bowden has also welcomed the continued support of E-scooters.
“The public demand speaks for itself, and it’s a credit to Rockhampton locals and visitors for embracing this new opportunity and doing their bit for the future of e-mobility,” he says.
“According to data from Neuron, 66% of e-scooter trips result in a purchase at a local business, with an average spend of $65 on each occasion. That’s an estimated economic impact of $21million into the local Rockhampton economy.”