Beam commences operations in Burnie

Beam commences operations in Burnie
  • Beam’s e-scooters will roll out in Burnie on 23 June
  • E -scooters will be available for hire via the Beam app, available for download on Apple and Google Play stores
  • Beam’s operating area will include the suburbs of Park Grove, Shorwell Park, Montello, Upper Burnie and South Burnie, and extend along the coast to Cooee

[20 June 2022] Tasmania’s largest shared micromobility operator Beam will commence shared micromobility operations in Burnie on 23 June, with 100 e-scooters introduced across the city. 

Beam’s industry-leading e-scooters will be available for use 7 days a week and 24-hours a day, within the local government area, improving transport options and connections for both leisure and commuting. 

Beam’s operating area will extend along the coast to Cooee and include the suburbs of Park Grove, Shorewell Park, Montello, Upper Burnie and South Burnie. Riders will be able to see the full riding area within the app. 

The app-based service will feature affordable pay-as-you-go rates, with a $1 unlock fee and $0.45 per minute. 

The Beam offering will include:

  • Beam’s Saturn e-scooter fleet: Featuring tip-resistant dual kickstands, electric and mechanical brakes, front suspension, a bluetooth-locked helmet, and swappable batteries
  • Beam Booster for Retail Support: Beam’s Booster platform utilises a blend of GPS-technology, in-app notifications and partner incentives to help stimulate economic activity at the local community level. Participation is free, with applications now open for local businesses via 
  • Virtual Docking: Fixed ‘virtual’ parking docks will be seen within the app, with riders directed to appropriate parking spots. Parking is not allowed outside of these fixed parking docks, with fines in place for badly parked e-scooters. 

Beam’s flagship rider education and enforcement program, the Beam Safe Academy, will also be in place, including:

  • A pre-trip in-app safety briefing for every rider, featuring instructions on how to park and ride safely
  • An in-app Beam Safety Quiz educating riders on the riding rules, with free credits offered to encourage rider education
  • Beam Safety Ambassadors patrolling high-traffic areas, promoting safe riding and parking 
  • Half Beam mode for new riders, featuring reduced acceleration for novice riders’ early trips
  • A three-strikes policy, with riders facing suspension for bad riding and parking offences. Those caught riding dangerously or breaking the law face permanent bans. 

Beam will also host a real-world training course in Burnie on Saturday 25 June, from 10am - 2pm (at the waterfront on the paved area near Wilson Street, opposite the Beach Hotel) to teach visitors and locals e-scooter safety. 

The Beam Safe Academy program has been developed in partnership with national safety experts Ascent Training Services, and 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.

Beam’s General Manager (ANZ) Tom Cooper said: 

“We’re excited to be bringing our e-scooters to the streets of Burnie this week, introducing a new carbon-neutral, affordable and fun form of transportation for both visitors and locals alike. 
“Safety for both riders and pedestrians is our biggest priority, and our industry-leading e-scooters feature tip-resistant kickstands, a helmet with every ride, and an in-app Safety Quiz to educate riders on how to ride safely.
“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.
“We look forward to a fruitful partnership with the Burnie City Council and the local community over the next 12 months.” 

Infuse Cafe owner and Beam Booster partner Rob Simpson said: 

“I’m a big fan of micromobility coming to Burnie, and think it’ll be great for the community.
“Getting people on e-scooters is a great way to explore Burnie, and I’m so excited to be part of Beam’s Booster program to encourage riders to support local businesses like Infuse.
“I really encourage anyone in Burnie to give Beam a try for themselves!”

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