Bundaberg Regional Council has partnered up with Neuron to deliver an e-scooter hire service allowing locals and tourists to explore the CBD, coast and surrounds. Picture: Rhylea Millar
Bundaberg Regional Council has partnered up with Neuron to deliver an e-scooter hire service allowing locals and tourists to explore the CBD, coast and surrounds. Picture: Rhylea Millar

NEW RIDE: Popular trend rolls into Bundy

You might start to see a splash of orange hitting the pathways and rolling into Bundaberg's CBD and here's why.

Bundaberg Regional Council has partnered up with Neuron to deliver an e-scooter hire service allowing locals and tourists to explore the CBD, coast and surrounds.

Neuron's regional manager Jayden Bryant said the electronic scooters would launch on Friday just in time for the Easter long weekend.

"We're very excited to be partnering with Bundaberg Regional Council to bring our Neuron e-scooters this weekend to both the Bundaberg CBD and Bargara," Mr Bryant said.

"We think there's a lot of opportunities in Bundaberg to help people really connect with the city through great accessibility and explore what Bundaberg has to offer."

With a range of safety features the next-generation N3 e-scooters are equipped with 11.5" wheels, wide footplates, GPS tracking and an app-controlled helmet locking feature.

The distinct bright orange scooter also has an emergency button function which dials triple-0 should a fall occur and offers voice guidance warnings to riders.

No ride and slow speed zones will be implemented in high-density areas with the maximum speed set to 25km an hour.

Mr Bryant said while teams will be working around the clock to sanitise scooters with hospital-grade disinfectant, the risk of spreading germs is extremely low as he estimates only two to three people would be using a scooter per day.

"(We have) 250 scooters that will be split between both Bargara and Bundaberg's CBD," Mr Bryant said.

"It (the hire service) will go north to the Botanic Gardens, south to the Multiplex Centre, east to Baldwin Swamp and west down to Queens Park and the hospital."

Division 7 Councillor Vince Habermann said the service would bring many benefits to the region from an economic, environmental and tourism perspective. Picture: Rhylea Millar
Division 7 Councillor Vince Habermann said the service would bring many benefits to the region from an economic, environmental and tourism perspective. Picture: Rhylea Millar

Bundaberg is the state's third location to launch the service which has been successful since it became available in Brisbane and Townsville.

Sport and recreation portfolio spokesman and Division 7 Councillor Vince Habermann said the service would bring many benefits to the region from an economic, environmental and tourism perspective.

"It's really exciting to be chosen as the first regional city in Queensland for this - it's very popular in the capital and to be rolled out for easier is great," Cr Habermann said.

"We're looking forward to the COVID-19 restrictions easing again and everyone being able to come out and have a go."

Cr Habermann said the new experience would bring a splash of colour to Bundaberg and create local job opportunities too.

"It's another great economic boost for our community with 25 local jobs created and 15 of which have already been filled so it's a win-win situation for all," he said.

"We have so many beautiful parks, gardens, beaches and facilities so people will now be able to get on a scooter and travel to them.

"I'm looking forward to a trip north of Bargara to Mon Repos and of course we are able to travel within the CBD over the old bridge on the footpath to the Botanic Gardens."

Riders must be 18 years and older to use the scooters which operate by downloading the app, scanning the QR code and putting the helmet on.

The partnership is a 12 month trial with the possibility of an expansion depending on how much Bundaberg embraces the service.

Single trips cost $1 to unlock the scooter and 38c per minute thereafter.

Subscription passes are also available for three day ($25), weekly ($33) or monthly ($89) use and allow riders unlimited access for 90 minute sessions per day.

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