[9 November 2021] Leading micromobility company Beam Mobility will offer half-priced peak hour rides for the month of November as COVID restrictions ease further, and Canberrans enjoy more freedoms and a return to COVID-normal.
Beam is committed to working closely with Transport Canberra and City Services to integrate micromobility further into the Canberran public transport system, following their recent review into micromobility services.
From 6.00am - 9.00am and 4.00pm - 7.00pm on weekdays, all e-scooter rides will be half price, acknowledging the bigger role micromobility is playing in Canberra’s transport mix.
Beam has also introduced its new ‘Glide’ feature in Canberra this week, to further integrate Beams into the city’s transport network and make it even more affordable for residents to travel.
Riders can now hop on and off multiple Beam vehicles without paying subsequent unlock fees – perfect for taking a short break between multiple trips (e.g. ducking into shops, running errands) or utilising e-scooters as part of multi-modal journeys. Riders just need to start a new trip within 30 minutes of ending a previous trip to use the Glide feature.
With the change in weather and COVID restrictions allowing more Canberrans back outside, and back to their offices, Beam hopes to ease transport congestion during peak hours as Canberrans start moving again.
Beam data showed an increase in commuter trips following Canberra’s lockdowns, with weekday trips increasing as a percentage of total trips.
To be attributed to Beam’s General Manager ANZ, Tom Cooper:
“During Canberra’s lockdown, data showed that whilst recreational trips dropped, popular commuting routes like Northbourne and Civic still remained relatively busy, as essential workers hopped on e-scooters as a socially-distanced form of transport.
“During the lockdown, we also noticed a pattern of Canberrans taking e-scooters further into the suburbs, and relying on them for shorter yet more frequent trips. Hence we plan on putting more e-scooters around the lake and suburban shopping centres for Canberrans to utilise.
“We also plan on increasing the number of e-scooters available along popular commuter routes, to encourage Canberrans out of their cars, and to instead adopt a more environmentally-friendly and socially-distanced commute.”
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