Police have called for road users to update themselves on laws about electric scooters and to take caution when riding personal mobility devices after incidents this week in Brisbane and Cleveland.
A man in his 50s was killed on Monday when the e-scooter he was riding ran into a pole Brisbane's West End, and a man was injured after a crash involving his scooter and a vehicle in Cleveland early Tuesday.
Senior Seargent Stephen Lees from from Capalaba Road Policing Unit said although personal mobility devices were not widely used in the bayside, they do pose a risk to both riders, pedestrians and other vehicles.
"Riders of PMD's are more vulnerable to incidents as apposed to bicycle riders as riders are less experienced with electrically propelled devices that travel up to 25 klm/h," he said.
"The risk of an inexperienced rider (legally) travelling at speed on footpaths increases the chance of a collision with pedestrians and other hazards found on or near foot paths such as bollards, signs, trees and riders become unbalanced when riding on undulated surfaces."
PMDs include e-scooters, Segways, and other rideables.
Mr Lees said many PMDs were being illegally ridden on roads and urged riders to watch their speed, and warned drivers to be aware when riders were not following rules.
"Ride at slower speeds whilst inexperienced and reduce speed when approaching pedestrians and hazards and even though not legally required, wear safety equipment such as elbow and knee guards," Mr Lees said.
"If PMDs are being ridden illegally on the road, [cars should] maintain a safe distance away from them and be aware of unexpected and illegal movements.
"Riders of PMDs may ride out onto the road at speed with little control, and PMDs don't typically have mirrors, so when approaching from behind, take extra precautions."
The laws for PMDs can be found on the Queensland government website, and Mr Lees said everyone should make themselves aware of the rules.
"Road safety is everyone's business. Road safety starts with the patience and consideration of all road users," he said.