Button pushed on City’s four-week e-scooter trial

The State Government has partnered with the City of Adelaide to allow a trial of e-scooters (electric scooters) in the Adelaide CBD during the 2019 Adelaide Fringe.

City of Adelaide will monitor the trial of an e-scooter share program, which will allow operator Lime to bring up to 500 e-scooters into the CBD to be used from today until 17 March 2019.

The outcome of the trial will be assessed and will inform future permanent regulations.

“The Marshall Government has signed off on this exciting trial that will provide a real buzz around the city during the Fringe festival and Mad March,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.

“The State Government continues to look at new technologies to deliver transport solutions.

“We moved quickly to fast-track this trial so it could be up and running for what is the busiest time for the Adelaide CBD.  

“E-scooters have become popular in many cities around the world and will offer a sustainable alternative transport option for short journeys across Adelaide in the future.

“The State Government is excited by this trial because it shows how new technologies can be used to deliver first and last mile transport solutions.

“For those who get off their bus or train, it will be a cheap and easy way to commute across the city to get to where they need to go.”

Only e-scooters operated by Lime will be allowed during the trial having been granted a business permit by the City of Adelaide under the Local Government Act 1999.

Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor warmly welcomed the State Government’s move to allow the
four-week trial during one of the city’s busiest and exciting times of the year.

“I’m genuinely excited about the opportunity to host a trial and look forward to seeing this fun new form of transport used by thousands of people during festival season,” said the Lord Mayor.

“I’ve been a supporter of our city’s world-renowned festival season for many years, and this is a great addition to the very special experience our city can provide at this wonderful time of year.

“You’ll certainly be seeing the Lord Mayor zipping from venue to venue during Fringe and the Adelaide Festival, as these e-scooters are convenient and a lot of fun to use.

“I can’t wait to see all our visiting artists and festival goers testing out the e-scooters to make their way across the CBD during the trial period.

“It’s an enjoyable, low-cost and sustainable form of transport and perfect for short trips, so the City of Adelaide is only too pleased to support this trial.”