[9 December 2021] Global micromobility company Beam will launch up to 200 e-scooters in Whangārei following approval from the Whangārei District Council, with operations to commence on Monday 13 December.
The app-based e-scooters will be available across the city, and will be available in Central City, the Town Basin, on the City to Kamo shared path and Hatea Loop. Beam’s service will feature affordable pay-as-you-go rates, with every ride covered by Beam’s personal accident insurance.
Beam is the largest micromobility operator in Asia Pacific, with operations in Auckland, Wellington and Palmerston North in New Zealand.
The Beam offering will include:
Beam’s General Manager (ANZ) Tom Cooper said:
“We’re thrilled to be piloting Whangārei’s first shared e-mobility trial, and to bring our much-loved e-scooters to New Zealand’s northernmost major city ahead of the summer holidays.
“We look forward to working collaboratively with the Whangārei District Council to bring our safe, affordable and sustainable e-scooters to both residents and visitors.
“As micromobility becomes more commonplace in New Zealand, we believe its usage will only continue to increase exponentially, with more citizens engaging on the streets and leaving their cars behind.
“As we look forward to expanding our footprint, we are also committed to developing collaborative partnerships with local community members and organisations, and engage in discussions around the safe operation of e-scooters to ensure the safety of both riders, pedestrians and other road users.”