Dock­less bike-share firm eye­ing Tau­ranga

Bay of Plenty Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A dock­less bike-share com­pany is eye­ing Tau­ranga as a po­ten­tial lo­ca­tion for fu­ture ex­pan­sion.

Onzo was founded in Auck­land a year ago and launched its yel­low and black bikes in Welling­ton last Sun­day.

Chief growth of­fi­cer Min-kyn Jung said Onzo wanted to con­tinue ex­pand­ing into other New Zealand cities after a “pos­i­tive re­cep­tion” — 141,000 trips — in Auck­land.

“We want to look at what we could do in Tau­ranga,” Jung said.

“Tau­ranga has one of high­est rates of car de­pen­dence in New Zealand. A lot of car trips could be re­placed if an­other op­tion was avail­able.”

He said the ser­vice was app-based and the bikes were dock­less, mean­ing a user could just leave one wher­ever when they were fin­ished with it, and it would stay there un­til the next per­son found it or lo­cated its po­si­tion via the app. In Auck­land, the bikes have been found in some strange places in­clud­ing up a tree, in the har­bour and in a crater at Mt Eden.

Once the user paid for the time they needed — the rate is 25c per 15 min­utes — the bike would un­lock and they could ride off.

Jung said the com­pany was look­ing to add elec­tric scoot­ers, which were al­lowed on foot­paths, be­fore the end of the year. He be­lieved they would be­come more ubiq­ui­tous, and coun­cils needed to plan to ac­com­mo­date them.

Jung was in­vited to speak to Tau­ranga City Coun­cil’s trans­port com­mit­tee this week, by its chair­man, coun­cil­lor Rick Cu­rach.

PHOTO / JOHN BORREN

Han Li, Min-kyu Jung and Harry Yang, of bike-shar­ing com­pany Onzo, vis­ited Tau­ranga this week.

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