Love them or loathe them, Canberra’s ubiquitous e-scooters average more than 4,000 trips a day, according to travel data released today by the ACT government from e-scooter companies Neuron Mobility and Beam.
The data found that around three quarters of trips traveled were anywhere from one to two kilometers, and Saturdays are the most popular day of the week to take photos.
Canberrans also prefer to scoot in the evening and afternoon rather than in the morning.
“With an average journey time of just over eight minutes, Canberrans appears to be using the e-scooters for a good amount of time, not a long time,” said Chris Steel, ACT minister for transport and urban services.
The record for most trips in one day is 9,325 and was reached on Saturday, November 21, 2020.
“Since the equity program began last September, e-scooters have proven to be an incredibly popular way for Canberrans to be close to work, tourist destinations, social activities and public transportation,” said Steel.
He said early analysis shows increasingly popular routes are emerging connecting suburbs like O’Connor and Turner to the city.
The ACT government is conducting a review of the e-scooter system that takes into account safety, regulation and integration with other modes of transport. It is also being examined whether the program could be extended to other regions outside the Inner North, the Inner South as well as the city and Belconnen.
“E-scooters are a relatively new addition to Canberra’s transportation mix, and we need to know more about where and how they are helping people get around our city,” said Steel.
The results of a survey on the use of the scooters and the community’s attitudes towards them will also influence the review.
You can find the survey on the Transport Canberra website.
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