e-scooter trial officially launches

Published on Friday, 2 September 2022 at 10:11:50 AM

E-scooters have officially landed in Geraldton as part of a new 15-month trial, providing a unique experience that’s set to increase tourism and vibrancy locally.

Available to hire through global micromobility company Beam, the e-scooters can be used in a number of locations around the City of Greater Geraldton as of today.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said he is excited for others to experience e-scooters.

“Since Council endorsed the trial at last month’s Ordinary Meeting, Beam have hit the ground running with preparations including mapping out the locations they will be available, local recruitment along with community engagement and safety education,” he said.

“We see the arrival of e-scooters as an innovative step forwards that will boost tourism and help us reduce our carbon footprint, which are all part of our Strategic Community Plan.

“It’s a really exciting day and I encourage everyone to participate in the Beam Safe Academy taking place this weekend – you can win free credits and help us make the trial as safe as possible.”

Beam General Manager ANZ Tom Cooper said Beam’s biggest priority is safety.

“It’s our key focus for riders and pedestrians, and our industry-leading e-scooters feature tip-resistant kickstands, a helmet with every ride and an in-app Safety Quiz to educate riders on how to ride safely,” he said.

“We believe that micromobility is a transport solution that can work for cities of all sizes and demographics, aiding in easing car congestion and ensuring affordable, safe and sustainable transportation for all residents.

“We thank the City of Greater Geraldton for trusting us to deliver this new transport mode to the local community in Geraldton.” 

Beam’s industry-leading e-scooters will be available for use 24-hours a day, seven days a week, featuring affordable pay-as-you-go rates, with a $1 unlock fee and $0.49 per minute.

Riders will be able to see the full riding area within the app, which includes both the Geraldton and Beresford Foreshore, CBD as well as suburbs including Beachlands, Bluff Point, Mount Tarcoola, Wonthella, Wandina and Beresford.

Tomorrow on Saturday 3 September, the Beam Safe Academy kicks off in Rocks Laneway from 10.30am – 2pm.

Community members can learn how to ride an e-scooter and ask questions about Beam’s operations. It is a free event and no prior registration is required.

The City of Greater Geraldton have endorsed the e-scooter trial for a period of 15-months. The trial will be reviewed throughout this time to measure its success.

More information about Beam is available by clicking here.

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