E-scooter ride share is here

Vivien Griffin and Kate Ogg at the Noosa Lakes E-scooter station. Supplied.

By Zero Emissions Noosa

Zero Emissions Noosa representative Vivien Griffin was on hand last week at Noosa Lakes to welcome Oggy E-Scooters to Noosa.

“These electric scooters are another fun way to get around in Noosa,” she said. “They have taken off in many cities around the world, so it is great that we now have these green machines here. They are electric, so no carbon emissions from trips, parking is not a problem and Noosa’s great pathway network provides a natural fit to give the scooters a go. We think the scooters can become a terrific addition to the sustainable tourism mix for Noosa.”

Director Kate Ogg said Oggy E-Scooters was a Sunshine Coast-based, family-run business aiming to change the way we travel over short to medium distances.

“We want people to ride Oggy rather than get all hot and bothered in their cars, and be able to visit all the fabulous sites the Coast has to offer,” she said. “Right now we have hubs at Noosa Lakes and Noosa Blue, but we plan to expand our hubs in Noosa, just as we have done in Mooloolaba.”

Kate emphasised the company had taken on board the lessons from other cities and had developed a system to ensure that scooters were left at official hubs and not abandoned just anywhere.

“We want to make sure that our scooter riders are courteous and considerate of other pathway users,” she said.

“Oggys can travel up to 25 kilometres per hour but will have restricted speed limits in high traffic areas. When you ride Oggy into one of these areas, the scooter will automatically throttle down. If you ride out of our service area, the Oggy will throttle off, and you may be required to walk a short distance back into the service area.”

Vivien Griffin said Oggy E-Scooters had come along to the 2021 Noosa EV Expo, and it was great that they were now expanding their business to Noosa.

“ZEN’s goal is net zero greenhouse gas emissions in Noosa by 2026 so we have to tackle transport emissions as well as electricity. E-Scooters are a great example where doing the right thing is also great fun!”