Earlier this year, Council called for expressions of interest for providers of a bike share scheme, operated via mobile phone with riders able to park the bike anywhere after its use. This month, they announced that locally-based transit specialist Transit Australia Group (TAG) has been awarded the city’s first bike-share partnership.
They’ll work collaboratively with Chinese startup Mobike and Good Cycles with the scheme coming online in January. Mobike already runs bike-share platforms internationally – its operations span 130 cities.
And as if that news wasn’t good enough, Good Cycles is using the scheme to engage marginalized people through employment outcomes meaning the scheme delivers as many social benefits as it does environmental.
The robust, lightweight and patented bike designs feature a smart lock system combined with a smartphone app to offer convenient access to a bike. The Mayor says it will be one of the best dockless bike-share schemes in the world with the bikes rolled out well ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
TAG Group chief executive officer Michael McGee said the Gold Coast’s model uses digital disruption to support positive social outcomes for the community.
Around 2000 bikes are expected to be available across Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Varsity Lakes by late January 2018. Some bikes will be equipped with surfboard racks.
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,” he said.