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Greens welcome State Government move to legalise personal e-scooter use

22 May 2024

The Greens have welcomed the South Australian Government’s move to legalise private use of e-scooters but have called for more action on public and active transport.

“Car travel is one of the greatest sources of carbon emissions in our state. Early last year, the Parliamentary Committee inquiring into Public and Active Transport, which I chaired, backed the legalisation of privately owned e-scooters on public spaces and a range of measures to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. It’s good to see the Government take up this recommendation to encourage this clean, green transport alternative,” said Greens SA Transport Spokesperson Robert Simms MLC.

“The Government must now also turn its attention to the other recommendations of the Public and Active Transport Committee and provide a response.”

Other key recommendations of the Public and Active Transport Committee included:

  • Increasing the frequency of bus services, simplifying concessions, and improving connectivity.
  • Trialling of passenger rail services from Mount Barker to Adelaide and incentivising passenger rail between Adelaide and Melbourne (while servicing regional stops).
  • Trialling separated bike infrastructure and traffic calming measures, including speed limit reductions.
  • Commencing planning for a state-wide, integrated separated cycling network.