SPRINGFIELD residents have started noticing purple scooters appearing on their streets as Beam begins its roll out for the district’s first e-scooter hire trial.
As part of the trial, which started this month, Beam staged learn-to-ride sessions in the Robelle Domain carpark opposite Orion Shopping Centre.
Beam Queensland Operations Manager Andrew Dodd (pictured left), who attended the sessions said their app-based service featured affordable pay-as-you-go rates, designated parking to protect the suburb’s amenity.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the council to deliver Ipswich’s first shared micromobility operations, and to bring our industry leading e-scooters to the region,” he said.
“We have seen shared micromobility take off in other Queensland cities and towns, with the data from our other operations in the state such as Brisbane, Logan, Townsville, Port Douglas, Magnetic Island, Mackay, Hervey Bay and Cairns showing a shift from cars to e-scooters, particularly for shorter trips under 5km.
“We know that bringing a new mode of transport to the streets brings change for everyone – pedestrians, drivers, and the broader community.
The launch area covers parts of Springfield Central, Spring Mountain and Springfield Lakes.
Mayor Teresa Harding said E-scooters were a great way for residents to get about their suburbs quickly and safely without having to rely on private cars or public transport.
Beam e-scooters include safety features such as tip-resistant dual kickstands, triple brakes, a Bluetooth-locked helmet, and swappable batteries.
- E-scooter users must comply with relevant speed limits.
- The default speed limits are 12km/h on footpaths, shared paths and crossings, and 25km/h on permitted local roads, bike paths and bike lanes.
- E-scooters and personal mobility devices can ride on footpaths, shared paths, separated paths and bike paths as well as local streets.
- E-scooter riders must obey most general road rules and must wear a helmet.