Health cam­pus to get urbi bike shar­ing fa­cil­ity

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Brown

PEO­PLE will soon be able to hire a bi­cy­cle when trav­el­ling in the Joon­dalup city cen­tre.

The City of Joon­dalup has part­nered with urbi for a one-year trial where bike­share fa­cil­i­ties will be rolled out at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

Urbi founder Adrian Lee said the first sites would be es­tab­lished at Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus to “al­low hospi­tal staff to try the bikes”.

“This is an im­por­tant mile­stone prior to sta­tions be­ing rolled out for stage one of a one-year trial, while the of­fi­cial launch of the trial is ex­pected in the com­ing months,” he said.

“Urbi bikes are a fan­tas­tic way to get around and many peo­ple will find them quicker and eas­ier than cars or buses.

“We have ev­ery con­fi­dence the com­mu­nity will em­brace the Joon­dalup trial and soon urbi bikes will be seen in many Perth sub­urbs.”

This is the first time a lo­cal govern­ment has un­der­taken this type of com­mu­nity trans­port ini­tia­tive in WA in con­junc­tion with a pri­vate op­er­a­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil doc­u­ment, users will be able to hire a bike us­ing the urbi smart phone app or the touch screen in­stalled at the sta­tions.

They will then be given a code for the bi­cy­cle lock to give them ac­cess.

Rides are limited to 45 min­utes per trip, but can be ex­tended us­ing the app or touch screen, and bikes can be re­turned to a dif­fer­ent sta­tion at the end of the trip.

Other pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions will in­clude Lake­side Joon­dalup, ECU and the Cen­tral Walk carpark.

The use of the bikes will be mon­i­tored through a con­trol cen­tre, which will also man­age the main­te­nance and ser­vic­ing of the bikes to en­sure they are avail­able at each sta­tion, with staff on call to take pay­ments and an­swer any queries.

A truck can de­liver more bi­cy­cles if re­quired.

Joon­dalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the fa­cil­i­ties were in line with the City’s Bike Plan, which has a vi­sion for Joon­dalup to be recog­nised as the “bike­friendly City” in WA.

“Pro­mot­ing bike use as a more com­monly used form of trans­port through this WA-first ini­tia­tive will re­sult in a greener, safer, less con­gested and more live­able City,” he said.

Urbi has re­cently as­sem­bled 250 bikes in its Perth ware­houses for the Joon­dalup bike-share ini­tia­tive.

The trial will be at no cost to the City.

Ex­am­ples of urbi bikes’ bike-share fa­cil­i­ties.

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