Beam to expand operations to Gungahlin and Woden

Beam to expand operations to Gungahlin and Woden
  • Expansion to Gungahlin and Woden to provide increased access to Canberrans
  • Beam will host an in-person training day on launch weekend to teach community e-scooter skills

[25 August 2022] Global micromobility company Beam will bring its brand of community-first shared-micromobility to Gungahlin and Woden in September, expanding its geofence to include the two new areas.

The expansion will bring not only increased access to shared e-scooters for local residents and visitors to the city, but also the further creation of local jobs to manage the expanded operations.

As Beam continues to see a growing reliance on shared micromobility as a mode of transport in Canberra, the company will also support industry-first micromobility research, powered by Beam’s alignment with the Micromobility Research Partnership, which will investigate topics such as urban planning, sustainability and the impact of micromobility in Canberra as operations expand.

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

“With over 50% of Beam riders in Canberra already relying on e-scooters for their work and study commutes, we are excited to offer an alternative mode of transport to more Canberrans.
“We are also committed to developing collaborative partnerships with local community members and organisations in Gungahlin and Woden, and engage in discussions around the safe operation of e-scooters to ensure the safety of both riders, pedestrians and other road users.

“Our flagship rider education and enforcement program, the Beam Safe Academy, will be in place as we expand our operations into new areas, including in-app rider education on riding, parking and the riding rules, in-person training courses and Safety Ambassadors on the streets to enforce safe riding.
“With our data showing that 6 out of 10 Beam trips result in a purchase at a local business, we’re also excited to be bringing our Beam Booster program to Gungahlin and Woden, supporting local businesses in driving traffic to their door.”

The Beam offering will include:

  • Beam’s Saturn e-scooter fleet: Featuring tip-resistant dual kickstands, front suspension, triple brakes, a bluetooth-locked helmet, and swappable batteries
  • Beam Booster for Retail Support: Beam’s free Booster platform utilises a blend of GPS-technology, in-app notifications and partner incentives to help stimulate economic activity at the local community level.
  • Beam Safety Academy: Beam’s flagship rider education and enforcement program includes in-person training courses, in-app rider education, a low acceleration option for novice riders, and Safety Coaches patrolling the streets to enforce safe riding. Beam’s three-strikes policy will also be in place, with financial penalties and suspensions for non-compliant riders.
  • Virtual Docking: Fixed parking docks will be created virtually, using technology and GPS to direct riders to appropriate parking spots through a combination of guidance, incentives, and disincentives.
  • Climate Neutral Operations: Beam is the only operator in ANZ to be Certified Climate Neutral, and has recently announced a pledge to go Carbon Negative by 2025.

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