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Future Transport Strategy

Micromobility devices for short trips

Transforming personal mobility

The NSW Government is investigating the benefits and issues around emerging micromobility devices such as e-bikes, personal mobility devices (PMDs) and motorised scooters, with a specific focus on safety for riders and other road users, as well as the infrastructure and regulatory frameworks that would be needed to support their use.

NSW Road Transport Law prohibits the use of certain micromobility devices , on public roads, cycling paths and footpaths, with these devices not meeting current safety standards for vehicles. For example in NSW, e-scooters can only be used on private land. The safe use of new micromobility devices on the road network is dependent on both appropriate infrastructure and a contemporary regulatory framework that is fit for purpose and ensures safety for both operators of the devices and other road users. 

The National Transport Commission is working with jurisdictions to develop revised Australian Road Rules for the  use of certain devices in jurisdictions with adequate infrastructure. The model Australian Road Rules provide a regulatory framework for NSW to enable Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) and motorised scooters once safety risks and competing demands for infrastructure have been adequately addressed.

Micromobility devices have the potential to expand catchments to public transport, improve access to centres and key destinations, and shift people out of cars, particularly for short trips and international and Australian evidence shows that the use of personal mobility or micromobility devices is increasing. 

The cost of the devices also makes them appealing with upfront and operating costs significantly lower than owning and operating private vehicles. Costs can be even further reduced when sharing schemes are available.

Sharing of micromobility devices at interchanges also has the potential to grow public transport use by better connecting people to the mass transit network. The NSW Government is working in partnership with local government to plan and deliver a network of protected cycleways and micromobility lanes linking major strategic centres and local neighbourhood centres.  

 

Future directions to investigate

  • Deliver complete micromobility networks, pedestrian space and interchanges that safely support a wider range of devices.
  • Enable shared use service models in key centres…
  • Develop and adopt safety standards for new devices entering the market and review existing regulatory frameworks.
  • Investigate the potential of micromobility infrastructure for use by a range of human and electric powered mobility devices, such as bicycles, e-bikes, cargo bikes, e-scooters, assisted mobility devices and delivery robots, and look into relevant policy updates. 
  • Consider lessons learnt from overseas adoption to grow understanding of benefits and management requirements. 
     

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The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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