New figures from ACT’s two shared e-scooter providers show Canberrans is jumping on board electric micromobility options and locals are logging more than 4,000 e-scooter trips per day.
The ACT government released the numbers last week with data through September 1, 2020, and the average number of e-scooter trips per day is 4,035. The average travel distance is just under 1 kilometer, with journeys taking an average of 8 minutes and 20 seconds.
Saturdays are the most popular day of the week for e-scooters. Canberrans logs two to three times as many trips on Saturdays as it does on Mondays. On Saturday, November 21st, the daily record for e-scooter trips was also set. Canberrans achieved a record of 9,325 trips.
“Since the share 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 Chris Steel, ACT minister for transport and cities Services.
“About 75% of trips are short trips between one and two kilometers, which suggests that many Canberrans are adding e-scooters to other types of travel to ensure last mile mobility.
“This is a great option that can make it easier and more convenient to use public transport over a car, for example.
“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 for a long time.”
E-scooter data also shows that usage is higher in the second half of the day, starts to increase in the afternoon and peaks in the evening – highlighting what we all already knew morning sucks.
Early route analysis shows that several popular routes are emerging that serve to connect the Canberra suburbs such as Turner and O’Connor to Braddon and the city.
“E-scooters are a relatively new addition to Canberra’s transportation mix and we need to know more about where and how they help get people moving around our city,” said Minister Steel.
Therefore, the ACT government will now conduct a six-month review of the shared e-scooter system to improve safety, regulation and integration with the state’s existing transport network.
“The review will also consider licensed areas of operation currently restricted to Belconnen, the city, Inner North and Inner South, and whether and how the system should be expanded in the future,” said Steel.
“We know e-scooters have been a big talking point across Canberra. So the review is accompanied by a survey that looks at how they’re being used and how the community feels about them after they’ve become a more familiar sight in Canberra.
“This survey is a great opportunity for people to have a say in the launch of the e-scooter program in Canberra. I encourage both users and non-users to participate and share their thoughts. “
The e-scooter survey is conducted through the ACT government’s online insights panel. It will also be available on Transport Canberra’s website at www.transport.act.gov.au through Friday, April 23, 2021.