Geraldton has become the first place in WA to trial seated e-scooters, in a move to increase accessibility to e-mobility around the city. Already home to 300 of Beam’s purple e-scooters since September last year, the success of Beam’s trial in Geraldton has lead to the City being selected to receive 50 of the seated vehicles. The new products feature the same technology and safety features as the existing standing e-scooters, but with a more practical and accessible choice for users. It comes after the initial trial was launched in September 2022, and brought 300 standing e-scooters to the city for a 15-month period, expected to finish in December. More than 13,000km was travelled on the devices around the city on the launch weekend alone, with 350,000km travelled to date. There is an average of 14,000 trips taken per month, gong for an average distance of 2.5kms. Data from Brisbane (the only other city with seated e-scooters) shows that the travel distance on seated e-scooters is 30% higher than on standing ones. City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said: “The Beam scooters have been a raging success, people are taking every opportunity to travel with them. It’s an option for people who aren’t too confident on the existing scooters to experience the micro-bility Beam offers.” The latest additions are supposedly better for customers travelling longer distances, or those who find standing e-scooters too challenging. Beam started trialling the seated e-scooters in Brisbane last month. Officials from Beam and the City of Greater Geraldton are expected to launch the new scooters on Friday morning.