Monday 23 September 2019
By Niva Pryor

Ginninderry today became the first greenfield development in Australia to roll out electric-bike sharing with a new e-bike fleet. The installation of e-bike sharing underpins Ginninderry’s position as the only ‘6 Star Green Star – Communities’ rated development in the region and forms part of an integrated active travel strategy that includes a network of dedicated cycle lanes.

Ginninderry has partnered with BYKKO, Australia’s first electric-bike share company, to meet the growing expectations of new residents by providing an innovative and environmentally-friendly form of transportation. The electric bikes will have a range of 60km on a single charge and can reach speeds of up to 25km/h.

Minister for Housing and Suburban Development Yvette Berry said the addition of e-bike sharing at Ginninderry is another example of how the ACT is leading the nation on sustainability.

“The ACT Government is committed to doing the heavy lifting when it comes to action on climate change to reduce the impact on Canberra families.

“To support the ACT’s target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 the government will continue to look for opportunities to make it easier for people to walk or ride where possible and, more broadly, is committed to exploring innovative ideas on how this government can reduce Canberra’s emissions.”

Ginninderry Sustainability Manager Jessica Stewart said she was confident that residents in the first suburb of Strathnairn would embrace the bike sharing service.
“We’re proud to be pioneering the use of e-bikes in the context of a suburban development.”
“E-bikes make cycling accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels and we’re confident that we’ll see residents making full use of the service while reducing their dependency on cars.”
Monica Zarafu, the Founder and Managing Director of BYKKO said she was excited to play a part in driving the uptake of e-bike sharing in a suburban development.

“We were proud to launch Australia’s first smart electric bike sharing service at a residential building in Canberra’s CBD earlier this year, and the launch of the service in a suburban development really demonstrates how smart integrated transport options are being embraced.”

The technology  launched today includes a bike share station using real-time GPS analytics to manage demand, optimise capacity and enable better customer outcomes.