An innovative new electric scooter sharing scheme, which allows riders to easily hire a scooter through an app, is being trialled on the Gold Coast.
RIDE will this week begin unveiling their electric scooters at designated hubs in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, with customers being able to unlock a ride for $1 and pay an additional 25 cents per minute of use.
The trial comes less than a week after the Queensland Government legalised the riding of electric scooters on pathways, with a maximum speed limit of 25km/h and helmets mandatory.
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RIDE will also enforce a strict policy that rides must not be left in public spaces after use, with Riders at risk of suspensions if they do not return them to RIDE Hubs.
Ride On Australia co-founder and acting chief executive Aaron LaLux said the company had long viewed the Gold Coast as the ideal place to trial their dockless e-scooters.
“The Gold Coast has always been in our sights due to its ideal mix of climate, demographics, landscape and cultural flavour,” he said.
“It’s a fun city, an active city, and I’ve got no doubt locals and tourists alike are going to love being able to grab a ride to beat the traffic using a modern form of clean transport that is safe, good for the environment and cost-effective.
Mr LaLux said the company employed ‘active’ GPS technology and a curfew system to ensure its rides were returned to Designated RIDE Hubs each night.
“We use ‘active’ GPS technology and a 10pm curfew system to ensure rides are collected every night by Night Riders, as well as public Chargers, who are responsible for collecting the rides after curfew, charging them and returning them to Designated RIDE Hubs the following morning,” he said.
Anyone can sign up to be a Rider or a Charger, and any business owner can sign up to be a RIDE Hub
The RIDE app can be downloaded at www.rideapp.co.