27 schools across Cork will introduce an e-scooter safety course to educate young people on how to use the vehicles safely.
Pupils in schools across Cork are set to benefit from the programme that will educate students on safe riding practices for the use of shared e-scooters.
Once e-scooters are legalised in Ireland, Bird’s ‘E-scooter Safety Course’ module will serve as part of the Irish School of Excellence’s existing ‘Driver Education Course’.
The ‘E-scooter Safety Module’ will provide pupils with an overview of the law governing e-scooters; a guide on how to ensure pedestrian safety; lessons on starting and moving off safely, as well as a tutorial on how to park safely.
Kieran O’Brien, CEO and founder of Irish School of Excellence said that it is important that our education system moves along with our changing methods of transport.
“It has been heartening to witness first-hand Bird’s proactivity in this space.
“Together we have devised a course that will equip young people across Ireland with the education necessary to use e-scooters safely on Irish roads.”
This comes as the government has passed legislation around the use of e-scooters on Irish roads and in public spaces.
The Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021 will create a new vehicle category known as “powered personal transporters,” which will include e-scooters and electric bikes.
For owners of these cars, a set of new rules will be enforced, including a minimum and maximum speed limit, as well as a maximum weight limit for each vehicle.
Although the legislation does not require a licence at this time, no one under the age of 16 should operate them on public roadways.