Global micromobility company Beam will bring shared e-mobility operations to WA this summer, with operations in three cities after law changes allowed the use of e-scooters in that State.
The app-based service will be available in Esperance and Rockingham for the first time, as shared e-mobility trials, and will be returning to Bunbury.
Beam previously launched e-scooter services in Bunbury last year but operations were suspended because of COVID-19.
The services in all three cities will offer pay-as-you-go rates.
“The e-scooters provided a great buzz around Bunbury for both residents and visitors when they were initially launched last year,” City of Bunbury Mayor Jaysen Miguel said.
“The e-scooters provide a convenient, affordable, fun and environmentally-friendly way for our community and visitors to move around the city and visit our amazing attractions, shops and restaurants.”
The Shire of Esperance President, Councillor Ian Mickel, said the introduction of e-scooter shared services “ticks so many boxes for us in terms of sustainability, tourism and economic development”.
Beam’s Australia/New Zealand General Manager Tom Cooper said the company looked forward to working collaboratively with local businesses and councils to bring Beam e-scooters to residents and visitors.
“As we look forward to expanding our footprint across Western Australia, with the introduction of new e-rideables legislation, we are also committed to developing collaborative partnerships with local community members and organisations, and engage in discussions around the safe operation of e-scooters to ensure the safety of both riders, pedestrians and other road users.”
The Beam services will include:
- Beam’s Saturn e-scooter fleet: Featuring tip-resistant kickstands, electric and mechanical brakes, a bluetooth-locked helmet, and swappable batteries
- Beam Booster for retail support, utilising a blend of GPS-technology, in-app notifications and partner incentives to help stimulate economic activity at the local community level. Participation is free and applications are open for Esperance, Bunbury and Rockingham businesses
- Virtual docking, using technology and GPS to direct riders to appropriate parking spots through a combination of guidance, incentives and disincentives.