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  # 2115372 28-Oct-2018 13:18
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So I used a scooter yesterday with some mates and did a devo lap.
Seems to have enough torque but we flattened them in 35 minutes from full

I smashed the hell out of my knee on the scooter steering pole thing when I got cut off by a mate and had to bunny hop the curb. At least I didn’t stack it too bad.

Those vouchers I had like $12 worth of. It only uses $1 of those each ride. So I had the app take an amount on top of what I had paid with the auto top up feature disabled. I feel this is not right at all.

My mates phone died mid ride. The scooter stopped working but left him logged in. Took us 30 minutes to walk back to my house to charge his phone to then logout. He was charged for every minute of that and was never auto logged out. I find this also very poor design. He also had auto topup turned off and it took extra money without auth..

Won’t ride these again. Removed the app and all my payment info. This is due to it taking money unauthorised.


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  # 2115443 28-Oct-2018 16:06
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Tried one last night and it was pretty fun, but expensive! Rode for 32 minutes and it costed me $11!

Am thinking of maybe buying one when the Mi store opens next month, but am also thinking if it's going to be one of those toys you play with eagerly for the first month, then the novelty wears off...




 
 
 
 


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  # 2115451 28-Oct-2018 16:28
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Coil: 

My mates phone died mid ride. The scooter stopped working but left him logged in. Took us 30 minutes to walk back to my house to charge his phone to then logout. He was charged for every minute of that and was never auto logged out. I find this also very poor design. He also had auto topup turned off and it took extra money without auth..


 

 

 

I would ask for a refund and report the problem. Also you don't want to get charged for repairing it if they think it was broken on that ride.


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  # 2116210 29-Oct-2018 13:46
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Stuff says the dentist bills are racking up:

Lumino Dentist Andrea Shepperson said she was not surprised – she had already seen multiple patients suffering facial trauma and damaged teeth from Lime incidents.

I saw a guy riding one througb the domain yesterday - with a baby strapped to his chest. The baby had a helmet on so there's that.. but omg.

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  # 2116229 29-Oct-2018 14:18
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sonyxperiageek: Tried one last night and it was pretty fun, but expensive! Rode for 32 minutes and it costed me $11!

Am thinking of maybe buying one when the Mi store opens next month, but am also thinking if it's going to be one of those toys you play with eagerly for the first month, then the novelty wears off...

 

For the most its basically just a toy, yesterday I saw a guy just doing laps on Fort St. Also saw a lot of couples riding on the same scooter together around CBD.

 

If you genuinely used it in your daily commute then I would imagine it would be very handy. If work was only 3-5 km from home then I would consider it.


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  # 2116460 29-Oct-2018 19:45
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The media coverage should be seen for what it is - sensationalist and a chance to make headlines by trashing the latest fad.

 

How many people are injured by cars, bikes, non-electric scooters, playground swings, I could go on..


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  # 2116467 29-Oct-2018 20:19
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bmt:

 

The media coverage should be seen for what it is - sensationalist and a chance to make headlines by trashing the latest fad.

 

How many people are injured by cars, bikes, non-electric scooters, playground swings, I could go on..

 

 

Cars and bikes are the road, foot powered scooters are slow, swings are fixed. Electric scooters can travel at 27 odd Ks and on the footpath. That poses a threat to children, elderly and disabled. As a disabled I have a genuine concern at the growth of these things. There needs to be regulation now. 





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  # 2116472 29-Oct-2018 20:47
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The simplest regulation would be a helmet requirement + a notification about the $35 fine on the app. That would tend to slow growth ; ).

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  # 2116476 29-Oct-2018 20:59
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gzt: The simplest regulation would be a helmet requirement + a notification about the $35 fine on the app. That would tend to slow growth ; ).

 

 

 

The rider wearing a helmet wont help the 4 year old or the 80 year old or disabled person being hit on the footpath.





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  # 2116542 30-Oct-2018 00:11
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MikeB4:

 

gzt: The simplest regulation would be a helmet requirement + a notification about the $35 fine on the app. That would tend to slow growth ; ).

 

 

 

The rider wearing a helmet wont help the 4 year old or the 80 year old or disabled person being hit on the footpath.

 

 

 

 

I think they perhaps should have some form of basic training so people are fit to use them, and those that aren't can't. Some of the videos of some people riding them, who look like they have never ridden anything like it in their life, or for the last 40-60 years,  is scary for everyone.  Some people simply are not up for it.

 

 

 

I thought it was funny when a labour politician was questioned about it, and he said that they don't want to become all 'nanny state' about it. But this is actually the type of thing that does need some form of regulation IMO. We are 'nanny state' over so many more trivial things, than this sort of thing.


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  # 2116556 30-Oct-2018 02:31
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Common sense would dictate that on a shared footpath, people stick to a reasonable speed, i.e. walking pace. Anyone wanting to go >20 kph should probably be on the road or the cycle lane. Let people know you're coming up behind them, the bell is there for a reason. Oh, and don't be dick.


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  # 2116561 30-Oct-2018 07:21
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My view is:

 

On road needs a helmet, speed, go for gold

 

On cycle lane at low speed no helmet, if you want to go for gold, a helmet

 

On footpath, restricted to say 15k. 15k is tame on my cycle

 

 

 

The next issue is pedestrian safety. One thing if someone knocks over an elderly, what then? He is gone. They need to have a plate, and no not, $100 rego, no fee this or fee that, just the cost of a simple plate. Just a means to grab the ID of the offending scooter, and ticket them. Footpath scooters riders need to be told that they will not be tolerated as pedestrians have right of way, so fine then big.

 

The scooters should have a speed restricter setting for the footpath

 

IMO 15k or a similar number is the cutoff between a "scooter" and a cut down motorcycle


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  # 2116581 30-Oct-2018 08:46
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I think 15 kmh is quite fast for a footpath.  To put it into context: -

 

Walking speed of an able-bodied person is about 5 kmh. 

 

Sub 4-minute mile running speed is just over 24kmh.

 

My personal view is that powered vehicles have no place on the footpath, with the exception of people who need them to get around.

 

 

 

 





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  # 2116584 30-Oct-2018 08:50
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I have a Xiaomi M365 (and last night ordered one for my wife).

 

One of my main uses is going to "jobs" in the CBD without any parking worries.

 

I take responsibility for my safety with common sense (I know, it's not very common these days)





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  # 2116587 30-Oct-2018 08:58
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MikeAqua:

 

I think 15 kmh is quite fast for a footpath.  To put it into context: -

 

Walking speed of an able-bodied person is about 5 kmh. 

 

Sub 4-minute mile running speed is just over 24kmh.

 

My personal view is that powered vehicles have no place on the footpath, with the exception of people who need them to get around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I rode to work, 15kph was pretty mild, just riding along, I don't feel its fast, its quite mild. Only 3 X walking speed.

 

How fast are foot powered scooters? Not that you see many. They will be 2 X walking speed minimum. Skate boarders, they are the worst, and have less control, and more desire for speed, but we don't see any news on them. 15kph, 12kph, around that.


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