E-bike-sharing company Neuron has launched in Sydney, with 250 bikes being rolled out across the CBD and eastern suburbs. Sydney is the last Australian capital city Neuron has entered – it has e-scooters in cities where they’re allowed, as well as e-bikes in Adelaide, Darwin and Brisbane. Now, there are bikes to hire in Sydney’s CBD, Waverley, Randwick, Newtown, Bondi and Coogee.
Neuron’s e-bikes come with attached helmets and can be ridden in bike lanes and on low-speed roads; the company says they’re ideal for “last-mile” journeys – those extra kilometres after you finish a public transport trip that might be a little too far to walk, but not long enough to warrant a car ride.
The bikes are integrated with Google Maps, which shows users their nearest e-bike, offers directions, estimates the trip’s price based on a selected route and indicates an expected arrival time. Once you’ve selected a bike on the map, you’ll be directed to the Neuron app to unlock the bike and pay for it. It costs $1 to unlock the bike and 45 cents per minute thereafter; concession passes are also available, as are discounted daily, weekly and monthly passes.
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Safety features have been built into the bikes. There’s an emergency button that can tell if you’ve fallen off a bike and can help you call emergency services. Voice guidance offers info on how to ride safely, and a “follow my ride” feature allows you to share your trip with others in real time. And if you’re tired of finding ride-share bikes on their sides, in trees or blocking footpaths, there’s a “topple detection” feature that’ll send the Neuron team to put the bike the right way up.
Neuron joins other e-bike-share services in Sydney such as Lime. E-scooters remain illegal to ride in public in NSW.