BIKE HIRE ON A ROLL IN ‘BURBS

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - STEPHANIE MCKENNA

PERTH com­pany Urbi is in talks with coun­cils about ex­pand­ing its bike-share ser­vice to more sub­urbs.

Busi­ness­man Adrian Lee de­vel­oped Urbi, which launches at Edith Cowan Uni­ver­sity’s Joon­dalup cam­pus to­mor­row, for short and fre­quent rides.

His ap­proach is built to suit Perth’s pop­u­la­tion den­sity, which Mr Lee says is one of the key dif­fer­ences between Urbi and sys­tems in Europe.

“Urbi is dif­fer­ent from other bike-share sys­tems be­cause it can start from as lit­tle as two or three bike sta­tions,” Mr Lee said.

Riders down­load the app, pick up a bike from var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, ride it and re­turn it to a bike sta­tion within 45 min­utes. Prices start from just $3 for a sin­gle ride, $10 a day or $40 a month.

Eight bike sta­tions have been in­stalled over the past two months and more than 300 riders have reg­is­tered on the app. Urbi has been talk­ing to sev­eral other coun­cils about new lo­ca­tions af­ter the one-year trial is com­pleted.

Share’n’care: Bike riders Steven Blow­ers and Jami Daw­son at ECU Joon­dalup. Pic­ture: Justin Ben­son-Cooper

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