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E-scooter trial to kick off in Western Sydney

An e-scooter share program will be trialled across 4 Western Sydney locations starting this Saturday.

Shared trials will take place across 3 locations in Western Sydney Parklands: Bungarribee Park, Lizard Log and Shale Hills, as well as The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

Minister for Active Transport Rob Stokes has said that the NSW Government is committed to trialling e-scooters, but is taking things slowly to ensure they get it right.

“Like any new technology, e-scooters present us with enormous opportunities and several challenges to address before we can permanently permit them on our streets,” Minister Stokes said.

“This is why the NSW Government is committed to trialling them and why our parklands are the perfect location to start ahead of trials across multiple council areas.”

It’s another tick in the box for micromobility options across the city. Sydney-siders already have e-bike options, which were introduced onto Sydney streets in May by e-bike sharing company Neuron.

Investment into micromobility is a growing trend across the country. An e-scooter trial is currently underway across 3 municipalities in Melbourne, and an e-bike leasing program has recently launched in Tasmania.

If the trial proves to be successful, the next stage will be to extend the opportunities to local governments.

“Councils can now formally apply to hold a 12-month trial with selected e-scooter shared scheme providers in their area. The trial is restricted to shared scheme e-scooters, so we can guarantee the safety parameters of each device,” said Minister Stokes.

You can read more about the NSW E-scooter Shared Scheme Trial here.

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