By Juliano Oliveira
The 800 new e-bikes that replaced the previous CityCycle service are available for use in Brisbane, Active Transport Chair Cr Ryan Murphy announced today.
In June, Neuron Mobility and Beam Mobility were awarded the contract to explore 2000 e-scooters and 800 e-bikes in the city.
“Riders will be encouraged to park in designated e-mobility hubs spread throughout the city, which have been located in convenient areas. Operators will guide riders with virtual parking zones via their apps in order to reduce street clutter,” Cr Murphy said.
“With CityCycle phased out and dockless e-bikes marking the next phase in our active travel evolution, I know residents will continue to embrace this new mode of transport, as they have since 2018.”
Last month, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner pointed out that the new initiative resulted from increased cycling demand due to COVID-19.
“On the Bicentennial Bikeway, ridership is up by 50%. Across the city, there are 60% more people riding on their bikes than this time last year. We want to encourage them to do so by making a world-class public bike hire scheme available in Brisbane for residents and visitors,” Cr Schrinner said.
Brisbane City Council received feedback from over 900 individuals and stakeholder groups on safety and infrastructure, speed limits in pedestrian areas, late-night e-scooter lockouts, safety initiatives, e-mobility parking areas and better consideration for charging facilities.
In a note, BCC informed that over 4.6 million trips on shared e-scooters since late 2018 had been registered to date.