Active transport users are encouraged to adopt a safety mindset after the arevo app by RACV recorded a 33 per cent increase in bike trips planned over summer compared to winter, while RACV Bike Assist saw a 39 per cent increase in call-out rates.
E-scooter riders are urged to make sure they are aware of e-scooter laws, as more and more people adopt the newest form of active transport. It’s also important that e-scooter riders are mindful about where they leave e-scooters, as e-scooters left on pavements can be trip hazards for pedestrians.
RACV General Manager Mobility, Julia Hunter, said that exercising extra caution would mean all road and bike-lane users would have a safer journey.
“There will be more people riding bikes and e-scooters for the first time and more pedestrians and families exploring out and about.
“Our advice for all motorists and active transport users is to take things a little slower, make sure you’re aware of the relevant road rules, exercise patience and plan ahead so you can enjoy your journey on the safest route possible.
The rules for e-scooter riding in Queensland are as follows1234:
- Be at least 16 years of age, or 12 with adult supervision
- Wear an approved bicycle helmet, that is securely fitted, at all times (unless an exemption has been granted for medical or religious reasons)
- Not carry passengers
- Not use a mobile device
- Not drink and ride
- E-scooters may only be ridden on a path and roads where the speed limit is 50km/h or less – it is not permitted to travel on a main road or highway