'Not a single complaint': Canberra dockless bike rollout begins
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'Not a single complaint': Canberra dockless bike rollout begins

Canberra's new dockless bicycle sharing venture has not received a single complaint, the company behind the roll out has said.

Airbike director Angus McDonald said they were pleased how the community had responded to the first week of the trial.

Lucy Xu and Michael Ma are some of the first users of Airbike in Canberra since it rolled out last week.

Lucy Xu and Michael Ma are some of the first users of Airbike in Canberra since it rolled out last week.Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

The ACT government announced a trial of dockless bikes to be run by Airbike, with 200 bikes scattered around 30 locations in Canberra's centre.

Mr McDonald said they had started with 50 bikes on the Monday, adding 20 bikes a day sinc then.

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The six-month trial is limited to the city centre, the Australian National University campus and the Parliamentary Zone.

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"We haven't had a single complaint from any member of the public," Mr McDonald said.

Australian National University student Lucy Xu said the bikes were an easier alternative for quick trips into Civic where finding a car park could be difficult.

"I think it's a really good, environmentally friendly way to get around," Ms Xu said.

Ms Xu said when she had  visited South Korea and China where demand for dockless bikes was higher, where she said a lot more people relied on them as transport which reduced the risk of vandalism.

Fellow ANU student Michael Ma said the scheme could work in Canberra because of more people around campus rode bikes.

"I think they're really cool," he said.

Mr Ma said the trial area was for the best.

"For now I think this is a good area to keep it, just to keep monitoring it because this is the the main area that people do use the bike," Mr Ma said.

Airbikes' Mr McDonald said an anecdotal analysis of the raw data so far showed the biggest users were office workers and international students.

"From our perspective we're really pleased; the community has responded really well to the bikes," Mr McDonald said.

He said the majority or rides around ANU and government workers riding to parks.

"It's operating as a 24 hour service," Mr McDonald said, adding a few Canberrans used them in the early hours of the morning.

There had been no equipment damage and Mr McDonald said no misbehaviour when it came to parking the bikes.

The ACT's trial of the scheme follows the recent withdrawal of another dockless bike company, oBike, in Melbourne after a crackdown by the local environments authority.

In the 12 months oBike operated in Melbourne, 100 of their bikes were fished from the Yarra River and operators faced fines of up to $3000 if their abandoned bikes blocked streets for more than three hours.

The government has said Airbike could face fines up to $200 if bikes were left unrecovered in lakes, up trees, or were left in unsafe places or heritage areas.

Mr McDonald said the company will meet once a month with government officials to discuss the trial.