A new safety campaign aimed at Brisbane e-scooter riders will rollout across 40 city streets next week, after new data revealed more than 120 people made the trip to hospitals with e-scooter injuries in just the first two months after they were introduced.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey launched the campaign today and said while it was great to see a significant uptake of rideables since they were introduced late last year, there had been a number of incidents resulting in trips hospitals or fines by police.
“E-scooters, e-skateboards and other rideables have become a popular way to get around the CBD. And why not, they’re eco-friendly, easy to use and they ease congestion,” Mr Bailey said.
“And while we want people to be able to use rideables, it’s important they keep safe and stick to the law.
“To date, police have caught close to 300 people breaking the rules, the majority of which has been riding without a helmet.
“In the first two months that e-scooters were introduced on Brisbane streets, more than 120 people made trips to the hospital with an injury.
Throughout the month of April, people will see posters on 40 CBD streets, reminding them:
- Rideables without helmets are a no go – use those provided with hired rideables or use your own. It’s the law.
- Rideables in bike lanes are a no go – stick to footpaths. It’s the law.
- Rideables on main or CBD roads are a no go – stick to paths to keep every-one safe. It’s the law.
- Always give way to pedestrians – share the path when using rideables. It’s the law.
“By rolling out the campaign on city streets, people will be reminded about the rules before they get around town.
Mr Bailey also reminded users that children under 12 are not allowed to ride and those under 16 must be supervised by an adult.
“Users must travel at a safe speed to ensure they can stop to avoid collisions,” he said.
“Doubling up on a device is also not permitted.
“If you are using a rideable incorrectly you could be fined $130 and speeding on a rideable incurs a $174 fine.
“Please do not drink and ride because not only will you be fined, but you are also putting your safety and the safety of others at risk.”
Mr Bailey said rideables had several advantages, but these needed to be balanced with road safety.
“We all have a role to play in sharing the roads and footpaths to ensure we can reach our destinations safely.”