Beam e-scooter partnership to ride for another 12 months

Published: 06 Jun 2023

Beam's purple e-scooters will be tracking around Mackay for another 12 months after the trial was extended until June 2024.

Since their introduction on June 7 last year, e-scooters have been embraced by both visitors and locals as an affordable and fun way to commute or for leisure.

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said Mackay residents and visitors had made Beam e-scooters a regular choice.

“There have been just under 180,000 individual trips, with 23,376 different users and 395,669 kilometres travelled,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Council hopes residents and visitors continue to take advantage of this great service,” he said.

Mayor Williamson said the e-scooters were a carbon-neutral, affordable, and fun form of transportation that provided 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,” Mayor Williamson said.

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

Beam’s General Manager (ANZ) Tom Cooper said they had a great experience operating in Mackay.

“We are really pleased that Mackay Regional Council has extended our agreement for another 12 months and we can continue to provide our e-scooters as an important offering in the mobility market,” Mr Cooper said.

The most travelled route in Mackay is Forgan Bridge (Sydney Street), with hotspot parking at the Bluewater Quay, the CBD and Parkside Plaza in West Mackay.

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 $0.51c per minute in non-peak times and $0.65c per minute in peak times. For more information, visit Beam’s website.