E-scooter trial to keep going

E-scooters have been a hit in Springfield since they were introduced on a six-month trial last year and that trial has now been extended for another six months to allow Ipswich City Council to collect more information on how they affect residents’ movements around the local area.

“More than 3,000 users have scooted across the trial to date, demonstrating how quickly e-scooters have been adopted by Springfield Central residents,” Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said.

“Scooter users have clocked up 30,000km in the year to date. These data points alone demonstrate the impact micro- mobility can have on how we get around our suburbs, completing the ‘last mile’ to and from public transport hubs, work and study.

“Council has decided to extend the trial to 1 July this year, to collect additional data that will help us evaluate the long-term viability of e-scooters in Ipswich. It is always exciting to see new options for transport come to our city, and e-scooters are a great way for residents to get about their suburbs quickly and safely without having to rely on private cars or public transport,” she said.

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said Springfield has been the ideal location for the trial with its many parks and pathways.

“E-scooters are popular, affordable and efficient transport for many in cities across Australia, and the extension of this trial by another six-months will give Ipswich City Council moreguidance on their future here. I’m hoping to see e-scooters become a real alternative to cars in Springfield where there is an abundance of green space and cycling infrastructure in place,” Cr Tully said.

Fellow Division 2 Councillor Nicole Jonic also supports the trial and said getting to and from public transport can be a
barrier for people. “Other programs have found them to be a great way to replace short car trips which is good for the environment, free s up parking spaces, reduces congestion and is good for your health.

“Council’s masterplan for Ipswich’s transport future, iGO Intelligent Transport Systems Strategy, has identified e-scooters as an area of investigation that can encourage residents to find alternative modes of transport that in turn will potentially see a decrease in car dependency,” she said.

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