Brisbane’s failed CityCycle monopoly agreement with JCDecaux, which is slated to be completely shut down about a decade earlier than contractually by November, paved the way for the city’s dockless e-bikes.
On Tuesday, Cr Murphy said the council had shortlisted tenders and expected the successful operator to launch in July as a “silent revolution” had occurred in the use of the technology.
Disabled and walking groups have raised early safety concerns and ongoing issues with scooters being left on footpaths in their posts, as well as the possibility of pedestrian collisions in shared spaces. Some also suggested the idea of a legal reform of the state government on speed limits.
Since last July, Cr Murphy said 143 incidents involving shared scooters have been reported, but it’s difficult to track such data for private scooter users.
A final strategy for electromobility was expected to be released by the middle of the year, addressing issues such as designated parking spaces through geo-fencing and repurposed CityCycle stations.
When asked about the possibility of subsidizing some “last mile” trips outside the CBD, Cr Murphy said there was a “role to play” for the council, but added that the introduction of the Private sector free would be Ratepayers and instead see revenue flowing to the town hall.
Griffith University traffic researcher Matthew Burke said many cities in the US would also switch to duopoly e-scooter models after previous “free for all” approaches.
Dr. Burke said Brisbane’s teething problems “decreased significantly” as user behavior and technology advanced.
Labor opposition leader Jared Cassidy said his team welcomed the strategy but it was too late.