How to Explore Around Brisbane using Neuron e-scooter

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In Victoria, riding a personal mobility device (or PMD) such as e-scooters is illegal, meaning you can’t use it on major public roads.

However, it is different in Queensland - the state known for having more relaxed people (that’s what I’ve heard).

We stayed in this awesome state and experienced both the wet and drylands, including a little city tour.
And nothing is more convenient to explore the City than renting an e-scooter

Yes, when you are in Brisbane, it is legal to use e-scooters such as Neuron e-scooter.

Imagine the convenience of using it rather than taking your car and pay for the parking fee. With Neuron e-scooter, it saves you the hassle of looking for a parking spot and paying a hefty fee. 
And because I’m not a huge fan of walking for long hours just to explore the city, renting an e-scooter is very helpful.



What is Neuron?

According to their website, Neuron Mobility was founded in Singapore in 2016 by our CEO Zachary Wang and CTO Harry Yu. After expanding into other parts of Southeast Asia, the company quickly refocused to concentrate on Australia and New Zealand where it is now the leading rental e-scooter company and micro-mobility technology developer. They are currently operating in ten locations across Australia and New Zealand, and recently launched in our first UK town.

Neuron Mobility introduced its latest N3 scooter — Neuron’s second generation of scooters with a 21-centimeter-wide floorboard and 12-inch tires which offer a safer, more comfortable, and more stable ride.
The N3 scooters come equipped with GPS-enables parking indicators located on the handlebar display to help riders find their designated parking zones.


Cool Features of Neuron e-scooter

Cool Features of Neuron e-scooter

Helmet Lock

Neuron’s close collaboration with Brisbane City Council led them to create the world’s first app-controlled Helmet Lock. The feature secures a safety helmet to the e-scooter between trips, releasing it at the start of the journey. This important safety feature improves helmet availability and it also reduces ‘helmet litter’ which can be a frustration in cities.

Data sharing

Information about e-scooter movements, speed, drop-off, and pick-up points can be used to help cities better manage their transport systems. Neuron shares anonymized data with councils so they can better plan the cities of the future.


Geofencing Technology

Neuron Mobility is one of the pioneers of geofencing technology, which allows councils to better control where, and how fast, e-scooters can be ridden. Using GPS and geolocation, Neuron Mobility work with councils to implement slow-zones, no-go zones and to dedicate parking zones that best suit their towns and cities.




How to ride a Neuron e-scooter

How to ride a Neuron e-scooter
First, download the Neuron app from Google Play or App Store.

Then scanning a QR code to unlock their chosen scooter. Upon finding a parking spot, the rider will need to snap a photo of the parked scooter to end the trip in-app.

To ensure consistent supply and responsible parking, there will be a designated operations team on-ground to handle the daily maintenance, hourly demand rebalancing, and battery swapping.





Neuron Rate and Passes

Renting a  Neuron e-scooter is so easy. Using the app, you can check the map and it will show you the locations where these e-scooters are being parked, and my friend they are everywhere!

Neuron Rate and Passes
The cost per ride on a Neuron Mobility e-scooter is $1 to unlock plus 38 cents per minute.

If you are staying in the City for a short period of time, I recommend that you avail of their promotional passes.

We availed of the 3-day Pass for 90-minutes a day and it is worth it.

How to Explore Around Brisbane using Neuron e-scooter

How to Explore Around Brisbane using Neuron e-scooter
This is my Google Maps location history during the day we rented a Neuron e-scooter and explore Brisbane. You can see that we can use the e-scooter mostly everywhere.




E-scooters gain momentum in post-pandemic cities

Against the backdrop of COVID-19, cities and consumers across the world are realizing the potential of e-scooters as a safe, convenient, and socially-distanced transport option. With international and interstate travel restrictions still in place, Australians are traveling locally more than ever before and in many cities, e-scooters are providing a boost for the local economy.

During the COVID-19 lockdown in Australia, Neuron reported that one in five users had never ridden an e-scooter before, and since then many have actively chosen to change their travel habits. Increasingly concerned with social distancing, Australian and New Zealand riders have increased their average e-scooter trip distance by 23% to 2.6km, while the average duration has risen by 10% to more than 14 minutes.

The funding was co-led by Australian tech-focused venture capital firm, Square Peg, which manages over USD$1 billion (AUD$1.4B) of committed capital. Square Peg’s global portfolio of over 35 technology companies includes the likes of Canva, PropertyGuru, Stripe, and Fiverr. Square Peg believes that Neuron’s cutting-edge technology and strong partnerships with councils are key factors in the company’s success.

Neuron e-scooter available in Australia

Since the last funding round in December 2019, Neuron has launched in a further eight cities in Australia and New Zealand and has announced its entry into the UK market. Currently operating a fleet of 4,000 e-scooters, the company’s 400,000 Australian and New Zealand riders have completed close to 2 million trips and 4 million kilometers of city travel.




Things you should know before renting an e-scooter


How to Explore Around Brisbane using Neuron e-scooter

Do I need to wear a helmet?
Yes, users are required by law to use a helmet.
Neuron scooters have helmets attached to them which unlock when you go for a ride.


Can I ride home after a few drinks?
Just like any other mode of transport you shouldn't be at the helm under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

It is also illegal to use your phone while riding a scooter.
"It's not a good idea, and in fact, you're committing an offense if you are riding an e-scooter under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

"So those people that are out in the city having a great time, pick another mode of transport to get home - just don't jump on an e-scooter and put yourself at risk."


How old do you have to be to ride a scooter? 
Neuron scooters can only be used by adults aged 18 and over.


How fast do they go? 
15 kilometers per hour is the maximum speed limit, but in designated slow zones the speed limit is 12 kilometers per hour.


Do I need insurance?
Neuron provides personal accident insurance for "certain personal injuries". For further details, you may contact their customer support team.


Can two people use a scooter at the same time? 
No. Neuron scooters are designed for one person with a load limit of up to 100kg.
Two people should not use one scooter at the same time.


Watch our Youtube video exploring Brisbane City using a Neuron Mobility e-scooter:




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77 comments :

  1. Oh wow, this looks so fun! I want to visit and try this!

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  2. This sounds like a great option. We travel with kids so it wouldn't work for us, but it's wonderful for those 18+!

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  3. That scooter looks like a great way to explore the city. It keeps you from getting worn out after a long day of touring, and it seems like it would be just plain fun.

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    1. Yes it is. Also, Brisbane is a very bicycle-friendly, scooter-friendly community.

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  4. The Neuron e-Scooter sounds like an amazing way to get around Brisbane or any city for that matter. I love that you are promoting safety by wearing and writing about wearing a helmet!

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    1. Thanks dear! Wearing a helmet is important, although it does ruins your cool outfit, lol.
      I wish Victoria State approves the use of e-scooter.

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  5. Brisbane looks like it would be such an awesome place to visit! I'd love to go here and explore myself in the post-pandemic world.

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  6. Oh what a cool way to explore a city! I find driving in Brisbane a bit stressful because of the way the roads are constructed because of the river. So this would be a great way to get around at a nice slow pace.

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    1. I agree, I noticed that too comparing versus Sydney and Melbourne. Being in Brisbane is so relaxing, the community is to chill.

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  7. That sounds like a wonderful idea and I've never heard of this Neuron scooter before but that looks interesting.

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  8. what an incredible way to explore Brisbane and Neuron sounds like a greater scooter.

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  9. What a cool scooter! Sobrang nag hype ang scooter for easy access to go around, that's why tumaas ang value sa market.

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    1. That is true. But not all states in Australia are pro-scooter. In Victoria State, using of e-scooter is illegal.

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  10. These are great tips and certainly a wonderful way to experience the city. Too bad the borders are closed at this moment :-(

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    1. Soon you can enjoy it when all borders are back to normal.

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  11. This scooter is definitely techy but it seems fairly safe and it's a very convenient way of viewing the city

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  12. Would definitely love to try this. It would be so better if this gets available in more countries.

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  13. Awesome! This looks like a very cool place to be, I want to try exploring that place with a scooter.

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  14. Such a fun way to commute around town! Inspiring!

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    1. I agree! I also commend the local Brisbane government for making the use of e-scooter legal and building safe road for users.

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  15. Wow, nice to see that they all have electronic scouters around Brisbane. Here in Cali, there's an app where you can download, rent a scouter and park if after using your phone. So convenient! haven't ride one but it looks fun

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    1. Aside from Neuron, there is also LIME, and other small-scale e-scooter rental around Brisbane.

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  16. E-scooters are actually a thing around where I live even before the pandemic. You'll see professionals zing past you in their ties and coats and sling bags around BGC and Makati.

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    1. Yeah I noticed that before but those are personal-owned, not available for rentals.

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  17. Very interesting place. Wish to be there someday!

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  18. Wow! Ang cool naman ng pangalan. And ang cool nga ng mga features nung scooter!!! Sobrang less hassle talaga. Hoping na magkaroon din dito sa Pilipinas

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    1. In the Philippines, we need a law specific for this kind of vehicle to use legally on certain communities.

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  19. Wow! Parang gusto ko din matry yan… parang meron ako nakikita dati na gumagamit ng ganyan papunta sa office sa Makati, I'm not sure kung same din nyang gamit mo.

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    1. I guess it is the same but those are for personal and not programmed for sharing economy.

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  20. This is so fun! My childhood dream is to ride e-scooters

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  21. I've never ridden a scooter before. Must be exciting! And it also seems nice to live in Queensland because they're more lenient there.

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    1. Not lenient, but Queensland made the use of e-scooter legal in some areas. Of course you can't use it on highways only in the main city.

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  22. Awwww, now I want one! I think we could ride this in the provinces, but you won’t last a second riding this here in manila. Wait, I’ve seen scooters like these in edsa tho. Lol

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    1. LOL, well I wouldn't recommend to use it along EDSA after all, EDSA is a main highway, and there is no designated bicycle lane.

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  23. Wow ok yung features ng e-scooter and mukang madali lang siya gamitin. Sana magkaroon niyan dito sa pinas

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    1. I agree. But first, the Philippines should have a clear law about the use of e-scooter.

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  24. Wow ang ganda ng features ng e-scooter and mukang madaling gamitin or ma access. Sana magkaroon nito sa pinas

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  25. There's a e-scooter here as well. Pre-pandemic andami kong nakikita na halos same ng feature. And i dont know if its the same ng gamit mo. But here pwede sya sa National Highway. Andami ko nakikita eh. But then nakakatakot lalo na pag kasabay mo ung malalaking sasakyan

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    1. Using this in highways of Australia is illegal. Even bicycles.

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  26. what a cool scooter! Hopefully this will be available soon in Pinas at affordable lang para mka bili

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  27. Hi dear! i work for a company who manufactures e-scooters (and we also sell e-bikes) and yes it is allowed here in the Philippines. we have an eks community here na rin. nagkaron lang recently ng restrictions, but if the eks and e-bikes are 25kph lang, ligtas ka from needing to get a drivers license and registration from LTO. of course helmet is a must. di pwede wala.

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    1. That's true. But I honestly wouldn't try using e-scooters in Manila, unless just the Makati CBD and BGC. And within any touristic places like in Intramuros.

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  28. That's so cool. For someone who doesn't know how to drive a motorcycle and fears to drive a bike, escooters are a great option.

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    1. That's true! This e-scooter doesn't need a driver's license, tamang tama sa akin!

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  29. For some reason, when I see e-scooters like this, I remember hoverboards. HAHAHA! Seriously though, I am so envious of your rules there with regards to the e scooter. I see a lot of people here with e-scooters that look more like trikes... and then they use it on national roads/highways in my area, and nobody bats an eye. :(

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    1. Hahaha I understand.
      But hoverboards are illegal to use in Australia.

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  30. I am going 50/50 with this one...sorry it may sound like a rant but it isn't. I work in London, UK and these e-scooters have become a bit problematic. Yes, you don't need a license but the rules are (as its on wheels unless you are pushing a stroller/pram with a baby in it) that they should be using the roads and obeying the laws of the road. A lot of people riding these do not and I have nearly hit about four of them this month because they come out of nowhere (I drive to and from work in London). People are also using these on pavements. They are just annoying. People should know the laws before riding these and stop causing problems for others.

    HOWEVER, I would like one. My town in the UK is similar to Netherlands, cycle tracks everywhere and I can see the advantage of these whizzing down the tracks for short journeys (apart from when its raining). Even my daughter wants one now for school (but as a four year old I am not letting her near one yet..he he).

    Good guide here especially how to operate them. Would come useful when I eventually make it to Brisbane (one city in Australia I haven't touched yet) and a great way to get around the city.

    Again, not a negative comment, but I just wanted to let everyone know ones view from London. :P

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    1. Hey Danik!

      Og course your comment isn't negative! I find it refreshing, and I agree with your that not all are good e-scooter users. Although e-scooter also got a bell attached to help users on road safety, still many users are not considerate enough to use it.

      I don't know about in UK and how people does it, but so far Brisbane's people seems good at this ride. Maybe more Queenslanders are considerate to others, though this vehicle seems not possible to be legal in Victoria, even in Melbourne.

      We need to keep on pushing many to embrace safe riding and driving. Cheers!

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  31. I have never tried riding an e-scooter. I like this device very much. It seems to be an ideal solution for visiting the city. Interesting idea. Great and useful tips before renting an e-scooter. I hope to try it one day.

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  32. I love these little scooters! What a great business idea... and riding them around Brisbane would be so picture perfect. Thanks for the tips!

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  33. I will be honest and say that I have never tried open vehicles. They seem so unsafe. But if most of the world needs to change their travel habits and get into eco-friendly mode, then I guess I have to leave my habit and fear. I should try cycling before jumping on to an e-scooter. It seems quite steady from your description. And for sure, a much easier way to whiz around in the neighbourhood.

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    1. I understand your thoughts, and I agree with you. I don't know how to drive a motorcycle, just lucky enough to know how to use a bicycle and this e-scooter. For just tour purposes around, scooter is fine with me.

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  34. This scooter looks so much fun! I must admit that I've never been on one before though, so I'm a bit afraid I might fall lol! I've heard about these types of scooter rentals in popular cities - what a great way to explore Brisbane. These are some great tips :)

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  35. I love these e-scooters. These are everywhere here in Belgium. I really love riding them, esp., for those weird not-too-far but not-too-near distances. The main difference between here and Neuron ones is the helmet lock. We don't have a helmet for these here. Its a bit scary at times. Good to know you also have passes for Neurons. For us it is only pay per ride.

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    1. Availing the 3-day pass is good and savvy as well. Yeah, the use of helmet is important here.

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  36. Very interesting. Would love to experience it sometime. Thanks for the detailed guide which will clarify all questions in mind for anyone. Love the lightness of the scooter and that should be great fun zipping around on it in Brisbane.

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    1. I agree. I was hesitant to use it in the beginning, but I noticed that Brisbane has dedicated lane for bicycle and scooters. Now, I feel confident and safe to use it.

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  37. Wow! This is interesting. I love riding an e-scooter here and it would be nice to explore Brisbane in one. Just like you I am not a huge fan of walking.

    By the way, I was not really aware it's illegal in other cities but thank you for the heads up.

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    1. Hope you can visit Brisbane when everything's back to normal!

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  38. This looks like such a fun way to get around! My daughter and I rented e-bikes when we were in Niagara Falls, and we had such a blast. This is a bit different, but it's a great way to save time and money - I can't believe how economical they are to use!

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    1. Walking is great, but if you have a limited time to explore the place, using an e-scooter is a good option.

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