Dockless rental bicycles will return to the streets of Melbourne, with ride-sharing giant Uber rolling out a fleet of bright orange electric bikes.
About 400 JUMP bikes, which are operated via the Uber app, will be available for hire from March as part of a one-year pilot scheme across the Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip council areas.
It comes two years after Singapore-based oBike withdrew from Melbourne because its yellow share bikes were being ditched on footpaths, thrown up trees or dumped in the Yarra River.
A Victorian government share bike scheme was also abandoned in 2019 because of poor patronage.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said a joint memorandum of understanding will outline how Uber’s e-bikes should be parked to stop footpaths being clogged up.
It will also include deadlines for Uber to recovered damaged or discarded e-bikes.
Ms Capp noted share bike schemes are widely used around the world “without the anti-social behaviour experienced previously in Melbourne”.