Brisbane’s e-mobility strategy

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Brisbane City Council has developed Brisbane’s e-mobility strategy to provide guidance to private and public enterprise and support the use of sustainable and more energy-efficient transport options across Brisbane. This document outlines Council’s priorities on e-mobility including our policies, plans for infrastructure and safety considerations for future partnerships.

Our vision is for a connected city, where transport enhances liveability, supports business and investment, takes advantage of new technology and keeps riders and pedestrians safe.

By outlining a vision that looks to the future, we’re improving quality of life for residents while ensuring our city has the services and infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations.

About the project

Transport is essential to the functioning of our city. Our transport networks connect people to work, study, services and entertainment, and move goods, commodities and resources to ensure that our city’s economy thrives.

The Transport Plan for Brisbane – Strategic Directions (Transport Plan) is Council’s plan to guide the evolution of our city’s transport network over the next 25 years as Brisbane grows and evolves. E-mobility (also referred to as e-wheeling) is a key initiative of the Transport Plan and focuses on opportunities to encourage greater use of e-bikes, e-scooters and other emerging, sustainable e-mobility travel options.

Brisbane’s e-mobility strategy provides further direction to realise this key initiative, helping to meet the city’s needs as well as being flexible to respond to the opportunities and challenges ahead.

There are five outcomes that form Council’s strategic direction in the adoption of e-mobility as part of the transport system. For each outcome, we have developed directions to guide Council’s implementation.

The outcomes are:

  • private and public agencies are responsive and work together effectively to improve safety and ensure public confidence in e-mobility
  • e-mobility services are widely used in Brisbane, helping to connect communities with local services
  • transport services and infrastructure help to enable e-mobility as a replacement for short car trips, especially for the first-and-last mile to public transport
  • the use of technology improves the efficiency and effectiveness of e-mobility networks and services in Brisbane
  • our transport infrastructure helps to improve safety and public confidence and helps the e-mobility industry to grow.

It is Council's responsibility to:

  • promote and coordinate activities that relate to implementing the strategy 
  • encourage government, industry, private sector and the community involvement in Brisbane's transport future
  • monitor and track progress towards achieving the outcomes of the strategy.

The e-mobility strategy will continue to guide future planning and help make e-mobility, including shared schemes, a part of our city's transport network.

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Community consultation

In late 2020, community and industry were invited to share feedback on the draft e-mobility strategy.

Feedback was collected via:

  • an online survey on Council’s website
  • phone calls and emails sent to the project team
  • written correspondence.

On Tuesday 1 June 2021, Council released the Brisbane’s e-mobility strategy consultation report. The consultation report summarises the community feedback received during the consultation period.

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Bayside e-mobility trials

Council is expanding e-mobility to the suburbs with a trial of shared hire e-scooters from Beam and Neuron in the Bayside areas.

The trial commenced in December 2021 and includes up to:

  • 200 e-scooters in the Wynnum and Manly area
  • 150 e-scooters in the Sandgate, Shorncliffe and Brighton area.

With these areas being popular with visitors, the introduction of e-scooters to bayside suburbs supports tourism, local businesses and connections to public transport.

The e-scooters are dockless and Bayside riders are encouraged to use virtual designated parking zones that have been allocated as part of the trial.

Riders can find virtual designated parking zones on the operators’ (Beam or Neuron) apps.

Any poor riding behaviours witnessed should be reported to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) through Policelink on 131 444. 

To report inappropriately parked e-scooters, contact:

  • Beam via email or phone on 07 3186 1011
  • Neuron via email or phone on 07 3067 8617. 

The trial will be assessed on a range of criteria including:

  • trips per day
  • resident and business feedback
  • rider feedback
  • reported incidents
  • connections to public transport.

Rules for personal mobility devices including shared e-scooters are available on the Queensland Government website.

If you would like to provide feedback on the trial, you can email the e-mobility team

Safe Precincts Trial 

Council has introduced new restrictions for shared e-scooters from Beam and Neuron in the:

  • Brisbane CBD Safe Night precinct
  • Fortitude Valley Safe Night precinct.

The Safe Precincts trial commenced in December 2021. It includes restrictions in the CBD and Fortitude Valley Safe Night precincts between midnight to 5am on Friday and Saturday nights including:

  • locking shared e-scooters from Beam and Neuron
  • 15km/hr speed limits for shared e-scooters in the CBD and Fortitude Valley.  

To view the Safe Night precinct maps, visit the Queensland Government website.

If you would like to provide feedback on the trial, you can email the e-mobility team

E-mobility parking hubs

As part of our e-mobility strategy, we are rolling out designated shared scheme parking areas across the city, to create a network of physical parking locations in areas of high demand.

E-mobility parking hubs provide a designated place to park and pick up shared
e-scooters and e-bikes, to help ensure our footpaths and roads are kept clear and safe for pedestrians and road users.

Council has established more than 25 e-mobility parking hubs at key locations across the CBD and inner suburbs and will continue to investigate and install new e-mobility parking hubs across Brisbane throughout 2022.

Find out more about e-mobility parking hubs.

More information

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Last updated: 23 February 2022

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