An innovative new dockless bikeshare scheme which allows riders to easily book a bike through an app has been unveiled on the Gold Coast today.
The bikeshare scheme is being delivered by Gold Coast based transit specialist Transit Australia Group, the world’s largest bikesharing company Mobike and Australian charity Good Cycles.
From today, around 200 bikes will be available across Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, with the number expected to grow to 2000 bikes by the time the Commonwealth Games kicks off in April.
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They’ll be tracked via GPS and can be booked via the Mobike app, with riders then able to unlock them by simply scanning a QR code on their phone.
When you’re finished your journey, Mobike recommends riders park at a preferred Mobike location around the coast, however you can leave your bike in most safe locations.
TAG Mobility General Manager Derek Mollison says the Gold Coast scheme will create a global benchmark in dockless bikeshare.
“While bikeshare is still in its infancy in Australia, we have worked closely with the City of Gold Coast and our partners to carefully design an initiative which integrates seamlessly with existing transport modes and city infrastructure,” Mr Mollison said.
Gold Coasters are being given the opportunity to trial the new Mobike system with a free trial period being offered to new users.
Anyone can take a Mobike for a ride during the free trial by simply downloading the Mobike app, finding a nearby Mobike and scanning its QR code to unlock its smart lock system, to ride to their destination.
During the month of February users can also purchase a heavily discounted promotional $5 pass offering unlimited rides for 3 months.