After more than 1.3 million km travelled and two-and-a-half years in the Bundaberg Region Neuron Mobility e-scooter program will be extended for a further 12 months.
Bundaberg Regional Council has renewed the contract with Neuron Mobility to continue its e-scooter operations in Bundaberg and Bargara for another year with an option to extend every 12 months, for up to three years.
Since first launching in April 2021, over 55,000 people have travelled on Neuron’s e-scooters across Bundaberg and Bargara.
According to Neuron’s 2023 rider survey in Bundaberg, 40% of Neuron trips were replacing car journeys, reducing an estimated 95 tonnes of Co2 while also helping support the region's sustainability goals.
The average trip length in Bundaberg is 2.5 km with Neuron's recent research highlighting many riders with disabilities or mobility impairments reported hiring of e-scooters significantly improved their urban accessibility, with 11% of Bundaberg Region riders reporting having a disability or mobility impairment.
Bundaberg Regional Council Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Cr Vince Habermann said Neuron Mobility e-scooters had provided a boost for the region and it was pleasing to see the program extended for a further 12 months.
“The popular Neuron Mobility e-scooters have travelled more than 1.3 million km in the Bundaberg Region since its inception in 2021,” Cr Habermann said.
“As one of the first regional cities in Australia to launch the e-scooters it is pleasing to see local commuters turning toward using this mode of transportation.
“E-scooters have also allowed locals and tourist alike to explore our beautiful city as well as getting from A to B for work and study.”
Cr Habermann said safety was a priority for both Neuron Mobility and the wider community.
“Neuron Mobility has proved to be good corporate citizens in our region,” he said.
“Importantly, they have always displayed a strong commitment to safety.
“Since the introduction of e-scooters to the Bundaberg Region, the State Government has introduced a raft of e-scooter reforms which relate to the use of all e-scooters, and police have enforced regulations.”
Neuron Mobility’s Tim Morris said he was excited to see the e-scooters continue in the Bundaberg Region.
“After two and a half successful years in Bundaberg our e-scooters have become an important part of the city's transport mix,” Tim said.
“We are delighted Bundaberg Regional Council has decided to renew.
“Overwhelmingly there’s been positive feedback about the service.”
Neuron reports that e-scooters are having a positive economic impact on the city with each e-scooter contributing $70,000 to local economies per year, with riders spending an average of $65 at a local business per trip.
“Many people are making trips they wouldn’t otherwise have made, and it is great to see e-scooters benefit local businesses and the community as a whole,” Tim said.
“They are a great way for locals as well as tourists to travel in a safe, convenient and fun way.
“We thank the Bundaberg Regional Council for their continued trust and support.”