IT was perfect riding weather on September 18 to officially launch the urbi bike share facilities in the Joondalup city centre.
The scheme, which is a joint initiative by the City of Joondalup and Perth company urbi, is a WA-first, where people can hire a bike using the urbi smart phone app or the touch screen installed at the stations.
They will then be given a code for the bicycle lock to give them access.
Rides are limited to 45 minutes per trip and bikes can be returned to a different station at the end of the trip.
Eight initial stations have been set up at Joondalup Health Campus, Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, the Department of Transport’s Joondalup office and ECU Joondalup, with up to 10 bikes at each.
There are another six stations to be rolled out and all locations can be found on the app.
Deputy Premier Roger Cook, ECU Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman and Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard were at ECU Joondalup for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Mr Cook commended the initiative.
“This is what we want the future of Perth to look like,” he said.
Urbi founder Adrian Lee said he hoped people living and working in Joondalup would embrace the initiative.
“It is an affordable, active way to get around as well as being a healthy lifestyle option,” he said.
“Not only can Joondalup city goers now easily move between various popular locations, they can do so in a way that incorporates exercise into their daily routine. It is a win-win.”
The initiative is being trialled for one year.
Single rides are $3, with daily ($10), weekly ($20) and monthly passes ($40) also available allowing for unlimited multiple rides.
ECU Student Guild members also get a discounted rate and have access to semester passes.