Dockless bike hire firm faces inner-city barrier
CONTROVERSIAL dockless bike hire schemes, which have seen bikes thrown into rivers and up into trees in cities across the nation, could be about to launch in Brisbane.
Three companies have approached Brisbane City Council about starting operations in the river city after successfully launching in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Another bike-sharing scheme is due to launch on the Gold Coast next year.
However, there are significant hurdles to overcome first if it is launched in Brisbane.
Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said that where the bikes were parked when not being used was a real concern to council. “But there’s a real issue with vandalism as well,” Cr Schrinner said. Another obstacle in Brisbane will be juggling council’s CityCycle business – which has exclusive rights to operate in the city area – with a new bike-share scheme. However, oBike Australia boss Lim Chee Ping said the company only just found out about the exclusive contract with CityCycle, despite being in talks with council for three months. “This is baffling as we have not been informed about any prior agreement when we were in discussions with them,” Mr Chee Ping said. TOM SNOWDON