The NSW government gives the green light for an e-scooter trial in western Sydney

Stokes said the city’s decision disappointed many, denying them the opportunity to test it in the CBD “using some of the best active transit infrastructure in the state”.

However, he added that e-scooters are not a “cure-all” and should not be prioritized over alternatives such as walking and cycling.

“I understand and share the mayor’s concerns,” he said.

“We cannot be naïve about the risks of road traffic…we have all read stories of injured pedestrians or e-scooter riders who, worst-case scenario, have lost their lives.”

Last week, a 15-year-old boy died in hospital after falling while riding an e-scooter in Queensland.

Riders must be at least 16 years old to rent an e-scooter at any of the test locations and are limited to a maximum speed of 20 km/h on bike lanes and 10 km/h on shared lanes.

They are only allowed to drive on roads with a speed limit of 50 km/h or less, and rental companies must “geo-fence” the scooters, which means they stop working if they are driven outside the approved test areas.

“I’ve had letters from people across NSW asking why the government has been slow to legalize e-scooters,” Stokes said. “I’ve also received correspondence from people who have been injured by privately owned, illegal e-scooters, witnessed hand-to-hand combat and have genuine concerns about seeing more on our streets.”

Driving private e-scooters in public remains illegal.

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