Dockless bike share guidelines have been released today to ensure private operators working in the ACT are providing a safe, appropriately-regulated service for Canberrans to enjoy.

 

Dockless bike share guidelines have been released today to ensure private operators working in the ACT are providing a safe, appropriately-regulated service for Canberrans to enjoy.

The new guidelines deal specifically with dockless bike share, as the National Capital Authority and the ACT Government continue to work with providers on an appropriate model for Canberra.

“Melbourne, Sydney and now Adelaide have recently seen the introduction of dockless bike share schemes – these are privately run schemes where the bikes can be picked up and dropped off anywhere and do not need to be locked into a station, or even locked to a rack or a tree,” Minister for Transport and City Services, Meegan Fitzharris said.

“Commercial operators have indicated their intent to launch bike share services in coming months in the ACT. We have been closely monitoring these schemes in other Australian cities, and appreciate the significant benefits they offer, such as an affordable way to move around our city, getting people active and encouraging cycle tourism here in Canberra.

“However there are also challenges with dockless bike share, including vandalism, clutter and illegal bike dumping. These guidelines will help prevent some of the issues from happening here.”

The guidelines will help potential service providers understand local requirements. The ACT Government will continue to work with dockless bike share operators prior to their arrival in Canberra. Further regulatory options will be assessed as they are needed.

“Bike parking, the rebalancing of bikes, repair and maintenance, liability insurance and bike quality are all issues which can have an impact on community safety and the general aesthetic on Canberra’s streets” Minister Fitzharris said.

“These guidelines consider all these elements, so we can be confident Canberra will be receiving a service which makes out city better, and helps Canberra become the cycling capital of Australia.”

The guidelines are available publicly at the Transport Canberra and Active Travel websites, together with further information about the introduction of dockless bike share https://www.transport.act.gov.au/

Statement ends