E-bike pi­lot pro­posed for Auck­land

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

An e-bike share scheme has been pro­posed for Auck­land pub­lic trans­port hubs.

Auck­land Coun­cil is re­view­ing a pro­posal by a con­sor­tium of busi­nesses for a pi­lot scheme which could re­sult in a fleet of 100 shared e-bikes be­ing avail­able to hire across cen­tral Auck­land.

Busi­nesses be­hind the pro­posal in­clude soft­ware de­vel­oper Cen­tral­ity, Downer Con­struc­tion, E-cy­cles NZ, an en­ergy sup­plier, a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices provider and a me­dia com­mu­ni­ca­tions provider.

Cen­tral­ity head of strate­gic part­ner­ships Andy Higgs said the con­sor­tium pro­posed en­ter­ing into a part­ner­ship with Auck­land Trans­port (AT) and Auck­land Coun­cil to trial the e-bike share ser­vice from Oc­to­ber 2017.

The pi­lot pro­poses e-bikes sta­tions at 10 trans­port hubs in Auck­land.

The con­sor­tium re­quested sup­port from AT to al­lo­cate space at hubs such as Brit­o­mart Sta­tion for the 12 month pi­lot.

AT walk­ing, cy­cling and com­mu­nity safety man­ager Kathryn King said it had re­ceived a pro­posal from a group look­ing to trial an e-bike share scheme in Auck­land and AT was con­sid­er­ing the idea of a cy­cle share scheme for the city cen­tre.

E-cy­cles NZ di­rec­tor Dar­leen Tana said Cana­dian com­pany Bewe­gen had been se­lected as the pi­lot e-bike provider.

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The Bewe­gen e-bike gets taken for a ride at a launch in Bal­ti­more, United States.

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