By Juliano Oliveira
As of next month, Neuron Mobility and Beam Mobility start to operate Brisbane’s new sharable electric bike scheme and shareable e-scooters. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has awarded both companies.
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.
“We have listened to Brisbane residents and will be expanding the electric offering, with 2000 e-scooters and 800 e-bikes to be available from 22 July,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Every single person who jumps on an e-scooter or e-bike is one less car on our road, so this initiative is busting congestion and building a more sustainable Brisbane.
“We look forward to the purple and orange bikes being available for residents and visitors, along with the expanded e-scooter fleet.”
Public and Active Transport Chair Ryan Murphy said the e-mobility strategy is the first of its kind in the world, and it will help integrate this new form of transport into Brisbane as smoothly as possible.
“The strategy details actions that will ensure e-mobility devices can operate safely and effectively in our city and illustrates how Council will maintain world’s best practice in managing e-mobility going forward,” Cr Murphy said.
“More than just safety and infrastructure, we know that about 1 in 5 e-scooter trips in Brisbane ends in a purchase, which shows us that e-mobility is becoming increasingly important for the local economy.”
The CityCycle fleet is gradually being phased out during the transition to e-bikes.