Canberra will soon get 200 dockless bikes

200 dockless bikes will soon be available in Canberra. Photo: Airbike on Facebook.

FROM July 30, two-hundred dockless bikes will be released over a three week period as part of a six month trial, which aims at providing Canberrans and visitors with healthy, convenient and eco-friendly transportation, says acting Minister for Transport and City Services Mick Gentleman.  

Mr Gentleman says the Australian-owned bike share provider Airbike will release the bikes around the city centre, ANU and the parliamentary zone. 

He says these bikes can be used for return or one-way trips without having to be returned to a docking station.  

“As part of the trial, the ACT government, NCA and ANU will closely monitor where bikes are parked to avoid some of the challenges faced in Melbourne and Sydney,” he says.  

Pedal Power ACT welcomes the announcement of a six-month trial and its CEO Ian Ross says it will open up the possibilities for getting to places within a 5km radius.

“With bike share people will be able to hop on a bike and travel quickly and easily between city locations, or to and from appointments. At a cost of only $1.30 for half an hour, it’s a highly cost-effective option,” he says. 

“With this model people will be able to ride across town and leave the bike at their destination without having to return it to its original location. This flexibility will really open up people’s transport options – for Canberrans going about their daily lives, as well as for visitors exploring our city.

“The six-month trial will be limited to a zone including the city, parliamentary triangle, and ANU. We understand that the bikes will be geotagged so that data can be collected on how and where they are being used, and that this will be used to evaluate how bikeshare can be rolled out more broadly.”

For more information about the trial and the guidelines for dockless bike share, visit  transport.act.gov.au 

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