People want to use e-scooters

Electric scooters (or e-scooters) are available for hire by the hour in the City of Yarra, the City of Port Phillip, and the City of Melbourne. They offer mobility and access for short journeys.

E-scooter from Lime. Image credit: Lime.

Problem

A problem with e-scooters is people leaving them in the middle of the footpath, which obstructs people walking, or people rolling in a wheelchair.

As a wheelchair user, I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to have these blocking footpath‘s all over the area! It seems like they’re multiplying weekly!

Shane Hryhorec
E-scooter obstructing a footpath. Image credit: Shane Hryhorec via Facebook.

Suggested solutions

One solution is for people to report illegally parked e-scooters to council, upon which council can collect them and fine the fleet operator, who could then pass the fine onto the last user.

Another solution is for council to convert one on-street parking bay on each street into a corral for e-scooters and share bikes. The fleet operators (Lime and Neuron) can require users to park in designated corrals, because e-scooters have GPS tracking. The fleet operators can also pay a rental fee for the corrals, similar to the fee for parklets. Other cities have implemented corrals, for example the photo below is from 2019.

Example on-street corral for e-scooters and share bikes. Image credit: Washington DC District Department of Transportation.

Use of parking spaces

The idea of reallocating space away from on-street parking, toward other other applications that support mobility and access, can be extended. For example, each street could convert four parking bays, i.e. one each for:

  • E-scooters and shared bikes
  • Loading, e.g. deliveries
  • Disabled parking
  • Car sharing

If this was done at a 1,000 locations across Yarra, it would use just 10% of of Yarra’s 38,000 on-street parking bays, leaving the remaining 90% for car parking.

How you can help

If you like the suggestions on this page feel free to email a link to councillors, using crs@yarracity.vic.gov.au, and CC’ing info@streets-alive-yarra.org. If you have other suggestions, please email us, we’d like to hear them.

Join us

Let’s build a beautiful, liveable and accessible city