Transit Australia Group wins bike-share partnership with unique model
Pedal power will soon be added to the City of Gold Coast’s transport arsenal with transit specialist Transit Australia Group (TAG) today awarded the city’s first bike-share partnership.
TAG will combine its extensive transit planning expertise with partners Mobike and Good Cycles to introduce the scheme from January 2018.
It will be the first expansion into Australia for international bike-share platform Mobike, which recently added Singapore, Manchester and Washington, D.C. to its operation spanning 180 cities.
The robust, lightweight and patented bike designs feature a smart lock system and combine with the smartphone app to offer convenient access to a bike.
The bike share scheme is flexible and easy to use with residents and visitors able to unlock and lock their bike using an app.
A highlight of the innovative model is a commitment to social outcomes with Good Cycles using the scheme to engage disadvantaged people with employment opportunities.
“We will have one of the best dockless bike-share schemes in the world,” said Mayor Tom Tate.
“The bikes will be rolled out strategically and increase availability to meet demand, and we are delighted they will be on the streets in time for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
TAG chief executive officer Michael McGee said the Gold Coast’s model would change the perception around bike-sharing in Australia.
“While bike sharing is in its infancy in Australia, we are excited to showcase how the Gold Coast’s unique approach can enhance mobility with digital disruption while supporting positive social outcomes for the community through a social enterprise model,” he said.
“This is a true collaboration between Council and industry that offers a forward-thinking yet methodical approach to introducing bike-share to a major city.”
Chris Martin, Head of International for Mobike, said Australia represents an amazing opportunity for Mobike.
“The Gold Coast is an ideal location for us to start our smart bikeshare service. We are very pleased to be the exclusive partner for the city and delivering our mission to improve city residents’ quality of life by providing an affordable means of shared transportation while reducing congestion and air pollution.”
Good Cycles CEO, Jaison Hoernel said “the success of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, like any other global sporting event, can be measured by multiple values, including its social wellbeing legacy. This exciting partnership presents an opportunity to enhance visitors’ experiences during the Games and to positively impact the lives of young people throughout the Gold Coast region, beyond the closing ceremony.”
“Good Cycles looks forward to collaborating with the Gold Coast City Council, Transit Australia and Mobike, bringing our bike share experience and commitment to helping create positive futures through meaningful employment opportunities.”
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate trials Mobike with (L-R) Mobike’s Chris Martin, TAG’s Michael McGee and Good Cycles Jaison Hoernel