TAG Mobility partners with Mobike to launch Gold Coast bikeshare scheme

An innovative, world-first partnership between social enterprise TAG Mobility, a subsidiary of mass transit specialist Transit Australia Group, and the world’s first and largest bikesharing company Mobike has today launched a new bikeshare service on the Gold Coast in time to welcome visitors for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

TAG Mobility GM Derek Mollison with Mobike Australia GM Mina Nada

TAG Mobility GM Derek Mollison with Mobike Australia GM Mina Nada

It is the first partnership of its nature, ensuring the Gold Coast’s bikeshare scheme integrates seamlessly with existing transport and city infrastructure, while maximising the convenience of the bikes.

Working in close collaboration with City of Gold Coast, the scheme adopts a hybrid approach to dockless bikeshare including the introduction of recommended parking areas called ‘Mobike Preferred Locations’, offering a convenient and easily identified parking location.

Another unique feature underpinning the scheme is its commitment to pedalling positive social outcomes for the Gold Coast. TAG Mobility has engaged Good Cycles to use the scheme to engage people experiencing long-term unemployment with meaningful local job opportunities.

TAG Mobility General Manager Derek Mollison said the Gold Coast scheme would create a global benchmark in dockless bikeshare.

The world’s first and largest dockless bikeshare service Mobike launches on the Gold Coast

The world’s first and largest dockless bikeshare service Mobike launches on the Gold Coast

“While bikeshare is still in its infancy in Australia, we have worked closely with the City of Gold Coast and our partners to carefully design an initiative which integrates seamlessly with existing transport modes and city infrastructure,” Mr Mollison says.

“The result is a world-class mobility solution which can be scaled up in line with demand – and which contributes positively to the community through our social enterprise model."

Read the full media release at tagroup.net.au.  

City of Gold Coast awards Transit Australia Group city's first bike-share partnership

The Surfers Paradise foreshore was the perfect backdrop to announce that Transit Australia Group (TAG) would become the City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partner. 

Transit Australia Group awarded City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partnership at a media conference this morning. 

Transit Australia Group awarded City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partnership at a media conference this morning. 

Partnering with international bike-share platform Mobike and social enterprise Good Cycles, TAG chief executive Michael McGee says the Gold Coast’s model will change the perception around bike-sharing in Australia.

“While bike sharing is in its infancy in Australia, we are excited to showcase how our unique approach can enhance mobility with digital disruption while supporting positive social outcomes for the community through a social enterprise model," he said. 

Read the full story here.  

City of Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate trials bike-share, with (L-R) Mobike's Chris Martin, TAG's Michael McGee and Good Cycles Jaison Hoernel

City of Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate trials bike-share, with (L-R) Mobike's Chris Martin, TAG's Michael McGee and Good Cycles Jaison Hoernel

Power to the future of electric bus transit

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LEADING transit authorities from across the globe will soon have their eyes on Adelaide as Australia’s first electric urban buses begin trial on the city’s transport network.

They appear similar to a traditional bus, but the passenger experience aboard the 100 per cent battery-powered buses is unrivalled with quieter operation, smoother acceleration and zero environmental impact.

The wholly Australian designed and built operational electric urban buses are the innovative by-product of Transit Australia Group’s award-winning advanced bus manufacturing arm Bustech and Adelaide manufacturer Precision Components Australia.

Under their joint venture Precision Buses, the companies last year attracted a $2 million South Australian Government grant to locally develop and build two e-buses as well as Australia’s first two Euro 6 low emission diesel buses. The buses were launched today by South Australia’s Premier and will soon take to Adelaide’s streets for trial.   

While the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure examines how the buses integrate into its future transport solution, eyeballs the world over will also hone in on how the battery-powered buses stack up against Australia’s harsh operating climate.

The electric buses have a top speed of 80km/h and use regenerative braking to extend battery range. They utilise world-leading Toshiba batteries which can be charged up to 80 per cent within just 10 minutes on a network with correct infrastructure.  

The ZDi and XDi Euro 6 buses also feature the hallmarks of Bustech’s unique monocoque chassis that are designed, engineered and manufactured in-house.

“We are showing Australia and the rest of the world how domestically produced electric and low emission buses which comply with Australian design standards, heavy vehicle regulations and state transit authority specifications can integrate into an urban network,” says Transit Australia Group CEO Michael McGee.

He said e-mobility transport held enormous potential for Australian manufacturers with the electric bus market in Asia-Pacific alone projected to exceed around $15 billion by 2020.

“The South Australian Government has been the first in Australia to demonstrate leadership on how governments and transport authorities can engage industry leaders to innovate and deliver market-leading transport vehicles of the future,” Mr McGee says.

“Electric buses are becoming an attractive alternative for urban transport networks across the world as more trials are conducted and vehicle design, battery and charging technology is continually enhanced.

“Bustech is not only generating jobs and supply chain opportunities as Australia adopts e-mobility technologies, but we also see strong export potential. As the global market grows, we are well poised to benefit with manufacturing facilities in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.”

Precision Components Australia director Mat Fitch said the government grant had encouraged a resurgence of advanced manufacturing in Northern Adelaide with the impending closure of Holden.

“Our alliance with Bustech has focused our skills and expertise away from automotive manufacturing and into an exciting growth industry that has already created 29 jobs and is supporting local materials and suppliers,” Mr Fitch says.

“Within six months Precision Buses has built wholly-Australian designed, engineered and manufactured electric buses and Euro 6 buses and they are rolling straight off the production line and onto Adelaide’s public transport network.

“We have also already signed agreements to build an additional 50 low carbon emission buses to supply inter-state demand for Bustech products.”