03 Dec 2020

Brisbane's City Cycle scheme to undergo electric bike revolution

Brisbane's City Cycle scheme is set to undergo an electric bike revolution following a recent decline in rider numbers.

From July next year, Brisbane City Council's 150 inner-city docking stations will be converted to E-Mobility Hubs to house 2000 electric bikes.

Public and active transport committee chairman Ryan Murphy confirmed the council will look to engage suppliers for the bikes that will be privately owned and run.

"We are going to look very carefully at what infrastructure we will need to install," he said.

"Ultimately more people on e-mobility devices means less people on cars, less congestion and less pollution."

City Cycle use has been falling since 2018 and has been overtaken by e-scooters.

In contrast, e-scooters have recorded more than 3.5 million trips since they were introduced in 2018.

The City Cycle scheme has also ended as a financial flop for the Council and ratepayers.

Under a 20-year operating contract with advertising company JCDecaux, the bikes were meant to fund themselves, with advertising revenue gained from street furniture and signs.

But the program ran at a loss and the council was left subsidising it, costing ratepayers an estimated $13 million by 2017.

"16.5 million dollars over the last decade," Cr Murphy said.

"This has to be one of the biggest fraud's perpetrated on the people of Brisbane."

A majority of the City Cycle bikes will now be recycled, with some donated to local residents.

SOURCE: https://www.9news.com.au/national/brisbane-to-scrap-city-cycle-scheme-for-new-electric-bike-hire-system/4d36de5b-d043-42bf-8853-1f23e5477a15

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