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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) . . Page.. 1888 ..


people not wearing helmets; and concerns about the personal safety of pedestrians who walk in locations where e-scooters are common and parked. Some people are also concerned about where and how the scooters are parked around Canberra, and the impact of this on the accessibility of our footpaths and public spaces for other users. We have heard these concerns and we are considering options to address these as the scheme goes forward.

We are also delivering a campaign that targets these unsafe behaviours. Our new education campaign focuses on critical safety and amenity issues such as not wearing helmets, poor parking, and drinking and scooting. I encourage members to see these campaigns for themselves. Some are quite amusing and have found new ways of targeting particularly the younger cohort that is predominantly using the scooters.

We are currently undertaking a formal review of the e-scooter share scheme. The review will be looking at the e-scooter scheme as it has been running over a number of months. The consultant, Curijo, has been engaged by Transport Canberra and City Services to undertake the review. The review started on 19 April this year and the final report is expected in the coming weeks.

The review has focused on a range of different issues, including the safety issues that have been raised with us by members of the community. The reviewer has been provided with the data that can help inform them, as well as any data they have requested, not only on patronage and trips taken but also on any crash statistics that may be relevant—any statistics that may be relevant coming out of presentations to the emergency department, for example—so that they can inform their review and any recommendations they may make to government.

I have not seen that review yet, because it has not been completed. It is in its final stages. I am looking forward to receiving the review so that we can look at how we can inform improvements to our e-scooter share scheme in the ACT, including any legislative amendments that may be required to support it into the future.

We are particularly interested in the review looking at how e-scooters are supporting the community. It will provide recommendations on areas to improve policy, procedures, compliance and data collection going forward. The review is also considering how and where the scheme should be expanded. The review will be supported by data analysis along with commentary and insight from stakeholders. The motion today will help inform our decision-making in relation to the review about further expansion into the future.

The review brings together a range of data sources to identify potential locations with unmet demand for micro-mobility services. This includes consideration of expanding the scheme to a range of districts across Canberra, including the ones specifically mentioned—Gungahlin and Mitchell—as well as other parts of Canberra. It is appropriate for the review to be completed before I give firm commitments on how future expansions will be managed, but I am pleased that the Assembly is engaged with the scheme and the opportunity it creates for more connected and cleaner transport in Canberra.


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