Townsville Bulletin

Beam shines after Maggie launch


FIFTY e-scooters have landed at Townsville’s favourite holiday destinatio­n in a move that will greatly improve mobility.

Beam commenced operations on Magnetic Island this week, with the two-wheel option available from the southern end of Nelly Bay to Alma Bay in Arcadia.

Unlike Beam’s Townsville operations, a fixed virtual parking model is in place on Magnetic Island, with riders being directed to designated parking zones marked on the map in the app. The e-scooters will be available to hire from 5am-11pm daily.

Beam’s service on Maggie will operate at its standard Townsville rate of a $1 unlock fee and $0.45 cents per minute, and every ride will be covered by Beam’s personal accident insurance.

Beam general manager Tom Cooper said that it was great to be on the island.

“Our e-scooters have been warmly received in Maggie, with both visitors and residents jumping on board for both recreation and to run errands,” Mr Cooper said.

“We’ve seen some e-scooters on Maggie utilised as much as six times per day, showing great demand for micromobil­ity on the island,” he said.

Mr Cooper said he looked forward to introducin­g some of the company’s key community and business support programs in the weeks and months ahead, to stimulate economic activity as interstate tourism hopefully picked up towards the end of the year after lockdowns ended.

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