BIKE HIRE ON A ROLL IN ‘BURBS
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