Yahoo News reported the Pedestrian Council of Australia had called on (BCC) to ban e-scooters after a man died from injuries sustained after he fell from a Lime scooter.
Club spokesperson Paul Turner said while this was a tragic situation for this man’s family, a blanket ban on scooters was not the answer.
“We have a real issue in the south east with people not being able to easily get to and from public transport, and e-scooters can be one of the solutions to this problem,” Mr Turner said.
“Scooters are filling a need in a hot, humid and occasionally very wet sub-tropical city like Brisbane where walking and riding are not always practical solutions to connecting with public transport.
“For example, if it’s raining and someone’s struggling to get to and from work, people are more likely to jump in their cars and drive, than rely on our public transport system which isn’t up to scratch or easily accessible to all. Transport like e-scooters provide another option, but we need to make sure they are regulated so they’re as safe as they can be.”
Mr Turner said regulation and better enforcement of speed limits and helmets was vital.
“Prohibition is the easy solution but not the best one, we need regulation that limits e-scooters to safer speeds on the footpath. We need police to enforce rider behaviour and BCC to manage their footpaths to stop e-scooters being left in hazardous positions,” he said.
“We also need scooter riders, just like cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, to be respectful of other transport users around them, to wear a helmet and adhere to the speed limit.
“As with any other form of transport, it comes down to safe and sensible behaviour.”