How to pick the right scooter and stay safe
Households across Victoria are celebrating in response to the Victorian Government’s recent decision to allow privately owned e-scooters to be ridden across the state. The government has just announced it has extended its e-scooter shared-scheme trial for six months and from 5 April, privately owned e-scooters can now be used under strict trial rules.
Many people have welcomed the decision as living costs soar and commuters look for cheaper ways to get around town and back and forth from work.
“We are really excited for the people of Victoria. E-bikes and e-scooters are such a great way to travel. Not only are they super convenient to get around on, they are really economical too,” Decathlon Australia, Wheels Commercial Director, Tamara O’Donnell said.
“The Government of Victoria has been trialing hire e-scooters in Melbourne and Ballarat. A lot of our customers in Melbourne have been eagerly awaiting the outcome of the trial and are excited to hear that they can finally ride an e-scooter of their own.
“Even though having your own e-scooter is now possible in Victoria, it is important that everyone understands how to pick the right one for your needs and keep yourself safe in accordance with the rules.”
According to Ms O’Donnell, there are some important rules that must be followed. You can legally ride your private e-scooter if you are over 16 years of age and:
. you ride on shared-use paths and roads up to and including 60 km per hour,
. you wear a helmet,
. you don’t ride under the influence of drugs and alcohol,
. you ride up to a maximum of 20 km per hour; and
. you are not using your mobile phone or carrying a passenger.
“It is really important to remember that you are not allowed to ride on footpaths. So, it doesn’t matter where you are, you have to stay off footpaths. Shared-use-paths are ideal,” Ms O’Donnell said.
“So, now the fun starts. What kind of e-scooters are there and what should you consider when buying one. At Decathlon we are able to help you with your questions and needs. We have a great range of e-bikes and we also carry some e-scooters too, so we understand how to help you get the right fit for your new mode of electric transport.
“Buying the right size e-bike is similar to purchasing a non-electric bike. It is important to ensure the seat height is ideal for your needs. It shouldn’t be too high or too low and your arms should be a comfortable length to the handlebars so you are able to easily control the bike and reach the brakes.
“It is really important to have your electric vitals in front of you when riding so you know how much power you have in your battery. That’s why our e-bikes offer smart display screens to keep you informed as you ride.
“We offer different options for e-bikes to suit your needs. With a range of hub and mid drive motor options to suit your needs whether you’re surrounded by hills or flat trails. These motors kick in whilst you pedal to give a smooth, powerful experience with every pedal stroke.
“When buying an e-scooter look for options that are portable and convenient to use. When you are not using it, you should be able to fold it up and carry it with you.
“Our Mearth e-scooters feature a smart display screen that showcases your driving statistics such as speed modes, distance traveled and battery levels right at your fingertips. They are ideal for all types of use because of their lightweight construction and impressive ranges and ability to tackle inclines. They are easy to fold up and store when not in use. The default speed of your scooter is 25 km per hour as per existing scooter laws.
“The e-bike and e-scooter accessory that everyone needs is a good helmet. Ensure you purchase a good quality helmet that fits snuggly. We are able to help riders find and fit their electric ride and accessories.
“E-bikes and e-scooters are an excellent form of convenient, easy and affordable travel that should deliver years of quality riding. We are excited to see how many people embrace e-scooters across Victoria now that the government has given everyone the green light.”
Decathlon launched in Australia in 2017 and now has seven stores across Victoria and NSW. NSW: Tempe, Auburn and Miranda. Victoria: Box Hill, Moorabbin, Knox Field and South Morang.
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The brand is one of the world’s largest sporting goods designers and retailers originating from France. With over 1600 stores across the globe in 50 plus countries and more than 80,000 staff worldwide, Australia is now well and truly part of Decathlon’s growing worldwide presence and has already made a significant impact in the Australian market with its own brand of high quality products at affordable prices.