Community invited to have a say at e-scooter co-design workshop

Published on Friday, 24 February 2023 at 5:00:00 PM

Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents are invited to have a say on the current plans for the City’s e-scooter trial this year.

A co-design workshop with e-scooter providers Bird Rides and Beam Mobility will be held on Monday 27 February, to provide the community with information on how the e-scooter trial will work and encourage feedback on logistics such as slow and no ride zones, safety procedures, and other aspects they would like to see during the trial period.

Community members will be able to have a go on an e-scooter, take the feedback survey and ask questions of the two providers and City Officers. The workshop will be held at the Goldfields Arts Centre main carpark on Cheetham st, with participants able to drop in at any time between 4pm-7pm.

Mayor John Bowler said the City had been working with both providers for some time on pre-trial arrangements and is excited to see plans move into the next phase.

“As part of the pre-trial preparations we want to ensure the community understand how the e-scooters will be utilised around the city, how they work, and where to go for information.”

“In order to get the most out of the one-year trial period it’s important for everyone to have their say now so that providers can make any necessary adjustments to ensure a positive user experience.”

“E-scooters are a popular transport around the world and will give residents and visitors a convenient way of moving around our city,” said Mayor Bowler.

Beam’s WA Operations Manager, Mr Stuart O’Callaghan said:

“We have seen shared micromobility take off in Western Australia, with the data from our other WA operations such as Albany, Esperance, Bunbury and Geraldton showing a shift from cars to e-scooters for shorter trips under 5 km.”

“As we prepare to commence our operations in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, we are also committed to forming partnerships with local community members and organisations and engaging in discussions around the safe operation of e-scooters to ensure the safety of riders, pedestrians and other road users.”

“We know that bringing a new mode of transport to the streets brings change for everyone - pedestrians, drivers, and the broader community, and look forward to engaging with the local community and stakeholders at our safety pop-up next week.”

Elected members endorsed the one-year trial at the January Ordinary Council meeting, with the trial set to commence in the first quarter of this year.

Click here to have Your Say on logistics such as slow and no-ride zones, safety procedures, and other aspects you would like to see during the trial period.

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