|Lime Scooters "parked" at South Bank|
- Despite helmets being mandatory, over 85% of Lime Scooter riders observed by BrizCommuter are not wearing helmets.
- Despite only one person being allowed to ride on a Scooter, BrizCommuter has observed two people riding on one on around 50% of days of observations.
- Lack of policing of the above. If a police offer was to be stationed at the city end of the Victoria Bridge, they could make a hefty profit in fines!
- Scooters are being observed being driven at up to 30kph along footpaths, dangerously weaving past pedestrians.
- Scooters are being illegally driven on narrow streets at night.
- A huge increase in injuries has been recorded by Brisbane emergency departments, with associated cost to the taxpayer. Some of these injuries have been people hit by scooters (in one case in a no scooter zone), and not just the scooter riders.
- Cases of drunk scooter riders and even Lime Scooter pub crawls.
- Scooters being "parked" in the way of pedestrians.
- Lack of decent cycleways is causing scooter riders to mix with pedestrians.
- Lack of protective clothing (unlike many cycle, motor scooter, and motorbike riders).
- Litigation and accountability grey areas.
It will be interesting to see what decisions are made at the end of trial. Innovative transport options needs to be weight up against the public nuisance aspect. Decisions need to be made around issues related to speed limits on shared footpaths, use of cycleways, serious policing/crackdown of helmet wearing, clear laws of what do in case of an accident, and clear guidelines related to accountability and litigation. In the mean time, you might need eyes in the back of your head when walking the city streets so that you don't get hit by a souped up kids toy.