[15 December 2021] Leading micromobility company Beam will host a real-world training course in Hobart across two days to teach visitors and locals e-scooter safety.
Co-hosted by community partner Aurora Energy, the Beam Safe Academy incorporates a briefing guide for new riders, an interactive safety quiz and a free training course for riders to test out their e-scooter skills in a supportive environment.
The Beam Safe Academy program has been developed in partnership with safety experts Ascent Training Services, forms part of Beam’s community engagement efforts to educate riders on local riding rules and safe handling of e-scooters.
Riders will learn safe operating and manoeuvring skills, such as how to turn, brake and signal to other riders and pedestrians. All participants also receive $5 in free ride credit.
Beam riders can also get five minutes of free ride time by completing the in-app safety quiz, designed to test their knowledge of local riding rules and e-scooter safety protocol.
Beam will launch its operations in Hobart on Friday 17 December, with a $1 unlock fee and $0.45 per minute charge.
300 e-scooters will be available for hire across inner-city Hobart, covering popular visitor areas such as Sandy Bay and Salamanca, and residential suburbs North Hobart and New Town.
The Tasmanian Beam fleet will feature hydraulic suspension, a double kick-stand for anti-tipping, triple brakes, bluetooth-locked helmet, phone and coffee holders, as Beam continues to bring the newest micromobility technology to Australia.
Beam General Manager ANZ Tom Cooper said:
“We’re in the business of making the lives of city dwellers better, not risk them. So we always have safety at the forefront, and at Beam, safety is more than ensuring a rider has a functioning vehicle that meets safety requirements.
“We work hard to ensure every Beam user is always mindful of the riding environment, operates their vehicle under control at all times, and uses a city’s shared spaces well.
“Using a combination of hardware, software, and real world education, we seek to make cities safer - and more enjoyable - for all.
“The Beam Safe Academy is Asia Pacific’s leading real-world e-scooter training program, which we run regularly in all cities we operate in.
“We think it’s important that riders have the opportunity to learn safety tips and test their skills on the course, because even the safest scooter requires a safer rider.
“I encourage locals and visitors to Hobart to come down and have a go, for free, on the city’s newest e-scooters.”
Andrew Crozier, Aurora Energy Chief Product and Customer Officer said:
“At Aurora Energy, we’re really passionate about supporting our community to become more sustainable, which is why we’ve partnered with Beam. Their e-scooters allow more Tasmanians to access low emissions transport and reduce their carbon footprint.
“Aurora and Beam share a passion and determination to bring positive change to Tasmania through increased sustainability and reduced carbon emissions. This is part of our commitment for a more sustainable future for Tasmania.”
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