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