Power in your pedals

Hobart has become home to Tasmania’s first public e-bike chargers, as more local residents seek alternative transport options.

Installed at the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre, the two new charging bays will be free for any e-bike owners to use while visiting the city.

Hobart’s Sustainability in Infrastructure Portfolio chair Bill Harvey said the chargers, which can also be used
to power e-scooters and other personal mobility devices, were another positive step in the Sustainable Hobart Plan and the Hobart Transport Strategy.

“Projects like this give another reason for residents to leave the car at home and make it easier to use alternative transport,” he said.

“This helps free up our arterial roads from traffic congestion and provides a viable, healthier alternative to driving.”

The aquatic centre was selected as the site for the new chargers to encourage a more diverse range of transport to the centre. Cr Harvey said it was a worthy investment.

“From our research from the recent e-scooter trial, more than 20 per cent of car journeys in some of our most congested suburbs are travelling under one kilometre, which makes e-bike, e-scooters and other personal mobility devices perfect alternatives,” he said.

“The chargers will be connected to our network where we will be able to record data of its usage, which will assist us in determining if further e-bike chargers will be installed in the future.”

Bicycle Network Public Affairs Manager – Tasmania Alison Hetherington welcomed the new infrastructure.

“Public e-bike charging facilities are a welcome step in encouraging more people to ride for transport,” she said.

“Most e-bike trips can be made without extra charging, but they will be useful for people who forget to charge their bike, commuters and tourists riding long distances and bikes with low battery capacity.”

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