Posted 21st February 2020. Category: General.
Finally, 100 electric scooters are available throughout Darwin's inner city for riding. All the excited riders will now be able to hop on to the available e-scooters and glide across the city.
Electric scooter trials have already been run across the country which includes the popular cities like Adelaide, Brisbane and Gold Coast. However, the ratio of success across these spots varied slightly, while few were excited and welcomed the cause, few were sceptical about riding it due to lack of experience.
As the monsoons are about to start soon, the famous e-scooter company Neuron has recently launched an electric scooter in the market that is said to have the ability to withstand all types of weather conditions.
Although these might seem appealing, in today's article, we will cover more essential points to improve your knowledge about this drive:
Where are the scooters located in Darwin city?
These electric scooters have a bright orange colour, and it would be pretty hard to miss the sight of such unique models once the riders start using it frequently.
Currently, the operation of the trial is spread across Darwin city for the scooters, the Waterfront and Cullen Bay. The makers of these e-scooters are planning to dispatch 150 scooters additionally by the end of February. If you are staying in close by locations and wish to try out this e-scooter, then fret not, download the Neuron application in play store or apple store, and you can easily spot one across your area.
How much will it cost per ride?
Fortunately, these rides are available only for serious riders who are interested in e-mobility and would like to help the community and themselves by learning to ride it properly. Hence, every rider has to make a payment via the app before riding these e-scooters.
Apparently, just unlocking it will cost $1 and then the ride fare is calculated at $0.38 per minute. However, there are passes available on a daily, weekly and monthly basis for those who wish to avail the discounted price.
What are the current rules of riding these scooters?
Who can ride?: Any individual above 18 can ride and hire these e-scooters. Fortunately, driving license is not required to ride them yet. However, riders need to be careful while riding as any rule-breaking may lead to a hefty fine.
How fast do they go?: The speed range is between 12 to 15 kilometres per hour.
Do I need a helmet? Yes. For safety reasons, it is required, and all scooters had a helmet fitted to them at the start of the trial they must be worn while riding.
What happens after the trial? Darwin Council has declared that it will closely monitor and evaluate the trial for 12 months. Once the plan succeeds, the e-scooter companies will be able to sale and market e-scooters in Darwin.
WalkSmart recommends that you check your local state laws and regulations in relation to using electric scooters in public locations, roads and footpaths. Laws vary state by state and therefore may limit use to private locations only. Each local body is reviewing public electric scooter use, so we expect it to be regulated, but legal in all states within the short term. Feel free to contact WalkSmart if you have any further queries.