Oh, oh, Onzo! Will you whisk me across Welly?

We’re excited about a new bike-sharing service in town!


Onzo starts in Wellington this weekend with 200 bikes available in the central city for quick, easy and cheap hire (25 cents per 15 minutes). The Onzo bikes are ‘dockless’ (so, no need for special parking spots or stations) which is fuelling our excitement. Use your smartphone to download the app and locate bikes that are available to hire. The new Onzo service is only a pilot in Wellington until end of March 2019so get out there are try it!

Wellington Mayor trying an Onzo bike

Mr Wellington getting in to the Onzo aesthetic

 

Bike-share services have been running successfully in many cities for yearscheck out this cheerful interactive history by Citylab. And, this isn’t the first bike-share for Wellington (although the first with official backing by our Council).

 

Not the first for Wellington!

 

Onzo recently clocked up 100,000 rides in Auckland and are about to add e-scooters to the mix up north. Their Auckland crew are skilled at locating ‘kidnapped’ bikes (where the cyclist abandons the Onzo bike in a spot not accessible to the next customer) and have smartly turned their stories of the most unusual places into social media gold.

Onzo gangs of Auckland use Instagram to share rider-less Onzo sightings and snap their group night rides. Will a similar online following start up in Wellington?

 

Auckland Onzo ‘gangs’ enjoy night riding with friends

 

Why we’re excited

More people will be on bikes this summer in Wellington than EVER before.

 

 

Welly is the home of central city mountain biking, an e-bike start up and waterfront crocodile bikesand plenty daily commutes made on bicycle – so more bike sharing options makes sense and makes us happy.

 

Crocodile bikes: world-famous in Wellington

 

Onzo says their mission is “to improve the quality of urban life by providing an affordable way for people to get around, while at the same time reducing congestion and helping the environment”sounds good to us!

More people being able to access bikes makes sense. Biking across town should be a more realistic everyday choice for more people. While unsafe streets are the main hurdle for most, not having a bike to hand is a biggie! Bikes, scooters, skateboards and all those other people-scale transport types are the solution to the “last mile / first mile” problem: getting to the bus or train or tram stop from home, and from bus/train/tram to your destination. (Much better and more efficient than park and ride!).  As Onzo’s COO Harry Yang says:”Bus routes and train routes don’t take you to exactly your final destination, and that’s where our bikes come in – just pop on a bike after your last bus ride, and take the rest of your journey,”

We do wonder though.. Why do we only get a short pilot of bike-sharing service? It’s been a strong success in Auckland after working through early teething problems over a year ago. 

And anyway where’s public bikeshare been for the last 10 years anyway? Christchurch has had extensive piloting and Auckland’s been not far behind. Has Wellington’s investigation of this essential service been another important conversation about central city transport improvement, that’s been put on ice “because Let’s Get Wellington Moving”?  

Stay tuned as we keep an eye on Onzo, bike sharing and the Council’s assessment of the new service. We’ll also tackle the Big Issues with bikeshare: helmets, footpaths, and of course hills!

 

Are you excited to grab an Onzo for a quick whirl around Wellington?

Snap a pic of yourself and your Onzo bike gang! Chuck it on instagram and tag us in!

 

Image credits:

  • Road sign with bike travel times – Talk Wellington
  • Tweet by WCC, modified by Talk Wellington
  • Wellington Mayor on Onzo NZ social media, modified by Talk Wellington
  • Monthly bike counter – Bikethere.org.nz
  • Onzo gang at night – Onzo NZ instagram
  • Crocodile bike – Crocodile Bikes instagram

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