Beam commences shared e-scooter operations in the City of Vincent

Beam commences shared e-scooter operations in the City of Vincent

[28 February 2024] Australia’s largest micromobility company Beam will bring its brand of community-first micromobility to the City of Vincent from tomorrow.

Beam also operates in the neighbouring City of Perth, with the expanded operating area allowing riding access across the two local government areas.

Beam is Western Australia’s largest shared micromobility operator, with 750 Beam e-scooters already across metro Perth, and a presence in several of the state’s regional cities.

250 purple e-scooters will be introduced to the City of Vincent tomorrow morning, and be available for hire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, accessible via downloading the Beam app and scanning the QR code on the e-scooters.

The app-based service will feature affordable pay-as-you-go rates ($1 to unlock and from $0.45 per minute to ride) and ‘virtual docking’ to protect city amenity.

Over 130 new parking spots have been added in the expanded operating area of Mount Hawthorn, North Perth, Leederville and Highgate, allowing riders to access more of the city.

Beam’s ‘Beam Safe Academy’, the company’s major safety education and enforcement program, will be in place to educate 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 offenses. Those caught riding dangerously or breaking the law face permanent bans.
  • In-person safety sessions to teach riders how to operate an e-scooter safely.

Beam will deploy its Saturn 5 e-scooters, featuring safety-first technology to support both rider safety and that of other road users, including GPS tracking, geofencing and speed limiting technology to ensure safe integration into the city’s transport network.

The e-scooters will also feature tip-resistant dual kickstands, front suspension, triple brakes, wireless charging phone holders, a bluetooth-locked helmet, and swappable batteries.

High precision geofencing will be in place, ensuring riders remain inside the approved e-scooter operational zones, and swift action as the rider moves between zones with differing restrictions such as ‘slow zones’, where speed is automatically slowed, and ‘no go zones’ where e-scooters will not be allowed.

Beam’s Regional Operations Manager, Andrew Dodd said:

“We’re excited to be bringing our purple e-scooter fleet to the City of Vincent, opening up the ability for Beam’s riders to travel across more areas of inner-city Perth, and building on the city’s public transport offering.

“We’re committed to investing in the local community, with new technology to improve safety and accessibility of our e-scooters, and new community programs to enable local businesses and community groups to unlock the benefits of shared micromobility.

“Safety is our first priority, and we are committed to enforcing safe riding, in collaboration with the police.

“We invest in rider education, prevention and deterrence, but above all, even the safest e-scooter requires a safer rider, and we ask that people do the right thing - that means wear a helmet, follow the road rules.”

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