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Beam commences shared e-scooter operations in Porirua this week

Beam commences shared e-scooter operations in Porirua this week
  • Up to 200 e-scooters will roll out in Porirua on Thursday 27 April
  • Beam to host pop-up Safety Event Sunday 30 April at Cobham Court

[24 April 2023] Australia and New Zealand’s largest shared micromobility company, Beam, will bring its brand of community-first micromobility to Porirua this week, with purple e-scooters rolling out across the town from Thursday. 

200 purple e-scooters will be introduced to the city, with operations bringing access to shared e-scooters for local residents and visitors to the city, along with a first and last mile transport option for riders’ journeys.

The app-based service will cost $1 to unlock and $0.65 cents per minute, with subscription passes available for regular riders.

‘Virtual’ parking docks (incentivised fixed parking) will be seen within the app, with riders directed to appropriate parking spots at the end of their trip to protect the city’s amenity.

Beam will host a safety pop-up at Cobham Court on Sunday 30 April from 10am-1pm to teach e-scooter skills and gain community feedback.

It forms part of Beam’s major safety education and enforcement program, the Beam Safe Academy, aimed at educating riders on local riding rules and safe handling of e-scooters. The program includes:

  • A pre-trip in-app safety briefing for every rider, featuring instructions on how to park and ride safely
  • An in-app Beam Safety Quiz educating riders on the riding rules, with free credits offered to encourage rider education
  • Beam Safety Ambassadors patrolling high-traffic areas, promoting safe riding and parking 
  • A three-strikes policy, with riders facing suspension for bad riding and parking offences. Those caught riding dangerously or breaking the law face permanent bans. 
“We have seen shared micromobility take off in other areas of New Zealand, with the data from our other New Zealand operations such as Auckland and Wellington showing a shift from cars to e-scooters for shorter trips under 5 km,”

said Beam’s Operations Manager Jackson Jebaselvan.

“We’re thrilled to be commencing shared micromobility operations in Porirua, and look forward to providing a viable option for those living and working within Beam’s operational area to leave their cars at home and hop on an e-scooter instead.
“We believe that micromobility is a transport solution that can work for cities of all sizes and demographics, aiding in easing car congestion and ensuring safe, sustainable and technology-backed transportation for all residents. 
“We look forward to a long-standing relationship with the local communities in which we operate, and in bringing a positive environmental impact to the city.” 

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