August 11, 2023
[11 August 2023] Australia’s largest micromobility company Beam will bring seated e-scooters to Geraldton in a WA-first, with 50 shared seated e-scooters deployed across the city today.
100 additional seated e-scooter deployments in Rockingham and Esperance will follow next week.
Designed with the same safety features as Beam’s ‘L-shaped’ standing e-scooters, including triple brakes, phone holders, a bluetooth helmet lock and dual front-suspension, they offer a practical choice to those who find standing e-scooters and pedal assist e-bikes challenging for use, or those travelling longer distances.
The seated e-scooters can be rented through Beam’s app-based service, featuring the same affordable rates as Beam’s purple e-scooters.
“As Western Australia’s largest shared micromobility operator, we’re committed to constantly innovating and bringing the latest technology and hardware to our operations across the state,”
said Beam’s WA Operations Manager Stuart O’Callaghan.
“WA has experienced great success with shared micromobility, which has become a preferred means of transportation in many of the cities we operate in, and seen over 1.7 million kilometres ridden on Beams across the state.
“However, they have not been accessible to all members of the local community, which is a gap we are looking to address with the launch of seated e-scooters across Western Australia.
“The seated e-scooters could also open up riding across longer distances, with a more comfortable seated position, encouraging increased modal shift away from cars.
“Our goal is to bring safe, sustainable and equitable transportation to as many residents as possible, and we look forward to seeing the local communities embrace this new mode of transportation.”
Beam rolled out seated e-scooters in Brisbane in July, with early data showing a 30% increase in trip distances on a seated e-scooter. The average standing e-scooter trip is 2.5 kilometres.