Five years on, Brisbane’s e-scooters and e-bikes are winning over tourists and residents as they open up the city

Fri, 13 Oct 2023 19:38:03 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"Five years after being the first Australian city to introduce rideshare
e-scooters, Brisbane is leading the way after many growing pains and a lot of

Our latest research explored tourists’ and residents’ perceptions and
experiences of the city. We surveyed both users and non-users of e-scooters and
e-bikes in a first-of-its-kind study. We received nearly 1,000 responses, with
29 follow-up interviews.

Cities around the world are making micromobility, such as e-scooters and
e-bikes, part of their transport plans. They hope to reap the widely proven
benefits of encouraging active transport such as walking and cycling, reducing
car trips and traffic congestion, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, improving
access throughout cities and promoting residents’ overall wellbeing.

Still, micromobility is very much up for public debate. With more and more
tourists using rideshare bikes and scooters and some cities banning them,
important questions have been overlooked. How do these devices shape visitor
experiences and a city’s image? How do residents view their use? And, what do
non-users think?"

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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