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Pedalmania in Brisbane as 800 hire e-bikes set to hit the streets

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Brisbane residents will witness new additions to the city’s traffic this week with the first of an expected 800 shared e-bikes due to be rolled out on Thursday.

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Commercial firm Beam will make its debut in Brisbane after it and established operator Neuron won a Brisbane City Council tender to provide 1000 e-scooters and 400-e-bikes each as part of the next stage of the council’s e-mobility strategy.

Both firms will launch their new offering on Thursday after being awarded three-year contracts to provide the service, which replaces the now defunct Citycycle program. E-scooter operator Lime missed out on a new contract.

The new-look e-scooters and bikes will have improved safety features such as a 25kmh speed limit, helmets locked to bikes and scooters and “geo-fencing” which should keep the vehicles away from or slow them down in high traffic pedestrian areas like South Bank.

Both firms will have a range of promotional offers including free rides for commuters.

Beam will also offer designated parking spots for its purple-coloured bikes via an app.

More of the scooters and bikes will also be available in inner suburbs such as Herston, Albion, Hamilton and St Lucia.

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