Why are scooters suddenly being dumped throughout our city?
It is the trial that is meant to “provide a real buzz around the city during the Fringe” but after one weekend scooters are already clogging up Adelaide footpaths and finding their way into the bottom of the Torrens.
A government approved trial of ‘Lime’ electric scooters began on the weekend in the CBD, in a similar vein to the now defunct bike sharing system.
For an initial $1 hire fee through an app on their phone, people can pick up a scooter (with a helmet), and cruise around on CBD footpaths at 15km/h. There is then a charge based on time used.
But popular social media account ‘S**tAdelaide’ has reported that they have already received lots of evidence of the scooters being misused.
“24 hours into the scooter trial, we have received video of about 6 that have found their way to the bottom of the Torrens, 1 in the middle of Unley road, 3 used for burnouts, a couple of Hindley Street cruises and one that has been flung onto the roof of a shed,” the S**tAdelaide Instagram caption read.
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From our own experiences in the city on Saturday night, it didn’t take long to spot the scooters being used without helmets and with more than one person on them at a time.
Scooters were also seen left in inconvenient places including sprawled out in the way of walkers in front of McDonalds on Hindley St.
Others reported hearing alarms throughout Adelaide as the scooters were taken beyond the allocated CBD boundaries.
"This is why we can't have nice things," S**tAdelaide commented.
Launching the initiative last week, Transport Minister Stephen Knoll said the trial – which is due to last until 17 March – would determine if the e-scooters would continue in Adelaide.
“We moved quickly to fast-track this trial so it could be up and running for what is the busiest time for the Adelaide CBD,” he said.
"We have some of the tightest regulations for how these scooters operate and we are doing that because we want to get this right."
Police reminded users that they must wear a helmet and travel on the footpath instead of using multi-lane roads, or streets with a speed limit of more than 50km/h.
The trial follows a failed attempt at a similar concept by bicycle sharing company OFO, which saw bikes dumped in trees and in the Torrens.
Scooters are fitted with a GPS tracking device, which will disable them when riders attempt to travel outside the CBD zone.