[10 March 2021] Leading micromobility company Beam will bring shared e-mobility operations to Rockingham on Thursday 10 March, marking its third city in Western Australia after Bunbury and Esperance, and first in metro Perth.
Beam is the largest shared micromobility operator in Western Australia, with the app-based service featuring affordable pay-as-you-go rates, an in-app safety school and Australia’s most sophisticated e-scooters.
Beam’s industry-leading e-scooters will be available for hire across Rockingham, including at the Rockingham Visitor Centre, Rockingham Arts Centre, CBD, Safety Bay, Palm Beach Jerry and the Rockingham Aquatic Center. All locations can be viewed within the Beam app.
The service will also be integrated with Google Maps, enabling users of Google Maps to view available Beam e-scooters and e-bikes within their map.
The Beam offering will include:
With rider and community safety at the forefront, Beam plans to further enhance its suite of safety technology in Western Australia this year through the deployment of MARS (‘Micromobility Augmented Riding Safety’), which includes Australia-first safety innovations that protect pedestrians, enhance Councils’ control of city spaces for zoning and parking, and drives safer usage of vehicles by riders.
MARS technology will include:
Beam’s General Manager (ANZ) Tom Cooper said:
“We’ve received so much great feedback on our e-scooters from Perth locals summering in WA’s south-west and enjoying e-mobility in Bunbury and Esperance, and we’re excited to bring this technology and mode of transport to metro Perth.
“We’re thrilled to be piloting the City of Rockingham’s first shared e-mobility trial, and look forward to working collaboratively with local businesses and councils to bring our safe, affordable and sustainable e-scooters to both residents and visitors.
“As micromobility becomes more commonplace in Australia, we believe its usage will only continue to increase exponentially, with more citizens engaging on the streets and leaving their cars behind.
“We look forward to engaging in discussions around the safe operation of e-scooters to ensure the safety of both riders, pedestrians and other road users.
“As cities require more control of open spaces, e-scooters need to get smarter. Shared e-scooters in Australia have been largely reliant on GPS, and we’re excited to be introducing our MARS technology to Perth later this year, featuring a higher level of technological capability for a widespread adoption of micromobility.”
Mayor of the City of Rockingham Deb Hamblin said the City of Rockingham was committed to working proactively with the business community to attract new tourism operators.
“The City of Rockingham is proud to be a Small Business Friendly Local Government that is focused on driving tourism and economic growth, and the City has liaised extensively with Beam in order to help bring e-scooters to Rockingham” Mayor Hamblin said.
“The activation and development of the City’s coastal areas is an important part of our Tourist Destination Strategy 2019 – 2024 and the arrival of e-scooters will make it easier for tourists to visit 14 locations including the Rockingham Foreshore, Mersey Point and Penguin Island, local shopping centres and several City facilities.”