Bunbury could be home to the State’s first e-scooter trial early next year once Bunbury City Council gives the final tick of approval.
E-scooter company Beam vice-president of corporate affairs Christopher Hilton said the company would abide by all regulations before beginning the trial
“During the Bunbury trial, our e-scooters will meet the outlined specifications in the Road Traffic Code, this includes allowing the scooters on the footpath and shared paths,” Mr Hilton said.
“Bunbury is an excellent choice for an e-scooter trial — it has good infrastructure for e-scooters, a forward-thinking, open-minded council and city officials and a strong tourism economy.
“Bunbury’s willingness to begin a trial using existing road rules also allows for some early data and information to be generated about how small vehicles can fit into the Western Australian experience.”
City of Bunbury chief executive officer Mal Osborne said the city was thrilled to be providing more alternative activities for people.
“We are in the process of finalising the agreement and the operational plan for the trial, subject to Beam complying with all relevant legislation,” Mr Osborne said.
“Beam have indicated that on receiving the relevant permits to operate, the trial will commence in early 2020.”
“The city is excited to be supporting the first e-scooter trial in WA and providing another unique offering, like the Airwave artificial surf reef, to our community and visitors to Bunbury.”
WA Local Government Association president Lynne Craigie said work needed to be done to ensure the full safety of people using this mode of transport.
“E-scooter shared services have rapidly expanded in cities across the world over the past three years, offering an additional transport option for residents and visitors to a local area,” Cr Craigie said.
“Last year WALGA worked with members to identify issues and risks that need to be addressed in order for communities and operators to enjoy ... this mode of transport.”