Californian company Lime has begun trialling their dockless electric scooter service in Adelaide's CBD during the 2019 festival season and it's been a roaring success. It's such an easy and fun option for festival goers to move around our city in 'Mad March' while enjoying the wind in their hair and the flexibility to go anywhere.
You'll find the scooters charged and ready to go all over the Adelaide CBD. We found a couple of scooters easily and had a great time riding them around the Adelaide Oval footbridge and Elder Park precincts. They make a great transport option for tourists, workers, commuters and festival goers looking to get around the city quickly and cheaply.
The scooters are easy to ride, just push off and press the throttle toggle gently. They are very stable and feel very safe, the top speed of 15 km/h is very manageable and the pace is easily controlled. As far as ages are concerned, the scooters are designed and approved for use for ages 18 and over.
It's only a dollar to unlock the scooter and 30c per minute of use. Just download the app from your app store, buy credit and scan the QR code on the scooter to get started. Account top-up ups start at $10 but be careful with the auto-recharge facility. You may end up getting carried away and being charged again, in which case you can preserve your credit for next time, or just keep riding until your credit runs out.
As an example, it cost $4.50 to get from Hindmarsh Square to the Riverbank precinct and your ten dollars will last around 25 minutes of ride time.
The scooters are geo-fenced for use in the CBD and riverbank areas only. The scooter trial runs until the 17th March.
Lime electric scooters have been such a success that the city is looking for a second scooter operator! Just be careful, follow the rules, and ride on footpaths where it is safe to do so. The full set of rules for Adelaide are here.
Whilst in the Adelaide CBD for the Fringe I saw a lot of people enjoying themselves on this mode of transport. I asked someone how they hired theirs after seeing some girls playing on one and disgarding it in the dark of the banks of the River Torrens. Helmet seen laying some distance away on the same track. Similarly in Leigh St. What a nightmare to track and keep safe and at who's cost for the losses? Some fine tuning required I think as the days of common sense and reading and abiding by rules in such a mulit-cultural location seem to have long gone: Riders:
Must be at least 18 years old
Must wear an approved bike helmet that is securely fitted
May ride on footpaths and shared paths unless otherwise prohibited
May ride on a road only when crossing or to avoid an obstruction for up to 50m. If road travel is required, riders: Must travel less than 50m along the road to avoid the obstruction;
Must keep as far to the left as possible; and
Must obey any traffic signals.
Must NOT ride on a road: with a dividing line or median strip, or
where the speed limit is 50 km/h or more
which is one-way with more than 1 marked lane
if otherwise prohibited
Must not ride in a bike lane or bus lane
Must use a warning (e.g. bell, horn or verbal) to avert danger
Must have proper control at all times and ride with due care and reasonable consideration for other persons
Must use a flashing or steady white light at the front and a flashing red light and reflector at the back of the device when riding at night or in hazardous conditions
Must not exceed 15km/h or a lesser speed if required in the circumstances to stop safely to avert danger
Must not ride abreast
Must not carry passengers
Must not have a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.05 or more or the presence of THC (Cannabis), Methylamphetamine (Speed) or MDMA (Ecstasy) in their blood or oral saliva
Must not use a mobile phone whilst riding
Must not carry scooters on public transport.
Who is monitoring these fines? Leanne, Salisbury North SA
I love seeing these scooters around town! It looks like a lot of fun and they're getting used everywhere. Not sure I'd want to wear a helmet that's been on someone else's head though - that'd be a bit icky!