WA city Geraldton and ACT suburbs Gungahlin and Woden have become the latest centres operating shared e-scooter services by global micromobility company Beam.
Services were launched in each location in September, with an expansion of its geofence in Canberra to incorporate the additional ACT suburbs.
As Canberrans increasingly use Beam scooters for transport, the city’s e-mobility experience will feed into industry-first micromobility research, through Beam’s alignment with the Micromobility Research Partnership.
The research is investigating topics such as urban planning, sustainability and the impact of micromobility in Canberra as scooter operations expand in the Territory.
Beam announced it was introducing 300 e-scooters for its launch in Geraldton last week, with the new service bringing 20 jobs to the city.
The company is the largest shared micromobility provider in WA, offering shared e-scooter operations in Bunbury, Esperance and Rockingham.
Geraldton’s service area will include the foreshore and city centre, as well as the suburbs of Beachlands, Bluff Point, Mount Tarcoola, Wonthella, Wandina and Beresford.
Parking spots have been created across the city, including at key local attractions like the Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Museum of Geraldton, Geraldton Aquarena, the CBD including the Beresford and Geraldton Foreshores and Batavia Coast Marina.
As part of the company’s expansion in WA, it is also introducing its Beam Safety Academy in the Perth CBD this weekend, even though the organisation is yet to have services in the city’s centre.
Tom said Beam survey data shows 27% of inner-Perth residents have already ridden a shared e-scooter elsewhere – in regional WA or in the eastern States.
“Private e-scooter ownership is also increasing rapidly across the city,” he said.
“This is why, for the first time, we’re bringing our Beam Safe Academy to metro Perth, despite not having shared micromobility operations in the CBD.
“E-scooters aren’t toys – and it’s important that riders learn the law and understand their responsibilities when on the road.
“Even the safest scooter requires a safer rider, and whether riders are on one of our e-scooters, or a privately-owned one, we’re committed to leading the industry in safety education and research.