Beam scooters’ first month has been a wild ride

Published: 01 Aug 2022

Mackay residents are on board when it comes to the new Beam e-scooters.

The first official monthly report received by council, under an agreement with Beam, shows that since launching on June 7, there has been more than 38,000 trips in Mackay.

Mayor Greg Williamson said this was a staggering number of trips, with riders travelling about 89,000km.

“Following launch week, residents were really keen to try them, with each Beam e-scooter in Mackay being used an average of six times per day,” Mayor Williamson said.

“That adds up to almost 10,000 trips within the first week of Beam’s launch!

“Mackay residents and visitors are also making e-scooters part of their event days, with 1450 scooter trips taken on this year’s Wine and Food Day on July 16. That’s a total distance of 3143km,” he said.

Beam e-scooters are a greener transport alternative in the region and have saved 23,149 kilograms of CO2 emissions so far.

Mayor Williamson said he hoped residents and visitors continued to take advantage of this great service.

“The scooters are a carbon-neutral, affordable, and fun form of transportation that provide a great alternative for exploring our region.

“Riders are reminded to always use the scooters safely and follow the law while riding them for their own safety and that of pedestrians.

“It’s also important that the scooters are parked in a considerate manner so as not to block the footpath,” he said.

The Beam e-scooters’ operating area includes the suburbs of Central Mackay, North Mackay, East Mackay, West Mackay, South Mackay and parts of Ooralea, Glenella, Mount Pleasant and Mackay Harbour.

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