Dock­less bike hire firm faces in­ner-city bar­rier

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

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

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