World-best bike share scheme may be on the way

26 July 2017

An international expression of interest will encourage one of the world’s top bike share scheme operators to set up on the Gold Coast.

Mayor Tate said our city was ideal for a bike share scheme.

“We’ve got amazing weather, the terrain is relatively flat and there’s hundreds of kilometres of cycleways and nature trails,’’ he said.

“We are putting out a worldwide expression that will provide an operator with a ‘right of use’ to various locations in our city. The benefit here is that it costs ratepayers nothing. The risk of operating the scheme and maintaining bikes and the IT systems rests with the operator.’’

The plan is to establish the scheme in Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Varsity Lakes.

New “dockless” bike share schemes, which don’t require users to return the bike to a designated parking station, are underway in Sydney, Melbourne, Manchester and Singapore.

“That’s what we want. Absolute flexibility unlike other schemes where the bikes are racked in bays and there are associated costs in that infrastructure,’’ Deputy Mayor Cr Donna Gates said.

“This will be the most flexible, easy-to-use system operated off a person’s mobile phone.’’

Bike share schemes help reduce congestion and encourage active travel. Today, there are more than 1000 schemes worldwide.

Conditions for the Gold Coast scheme would include:

  • The bikes will be GPS formatted and have self-locking systems;
  • The system must be simple to use and accessible for both residents and tourists;
  • An operator must be ready to start in January 2018;
  • The number of bikes will be scaled up and down to meet demand;
  • The number of bikes must be increased during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to ensure spectators can move around our city easily.

“I hope an operator sees the Gold Coast as a great destination to launch their scheme,’’ said Mayor Tate.

The expression will be published on-line this weekend.

*Note: The Gold Coast Active Transport Plan 2017-2027 (Active Transport Plan) aims to transform the Gold Coast into a walkable, cycle-friendly city for residents and visitors.

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