E-wheeling is emerging as an efficient and low energy way to travel in Brisbane. The ‘E’ stands for electric, and there are various options available across the city. This page focuses on two of the most popular: electric bikes and electric scooters.
E-wheeling is a key initiative of the Transport Plan for Brisbane – Implementation Plan 2018 aimed at encouraging greater use of e-bikes, e-scooters and emerging active transport options, and ensuring safe practices and behaviour when sharing bikeways and pathways.
Electric bikes have a small motor powered by a rechargeable battery, but also keep you pedalling so you get the best of both worlds: the benefits of exercise and a power boost when you need it. Recent research confirms the exercise benefits for people who switch from driving cars to riding e-bikes.
E-bikes are great for tackling hills, heat and humidity, which means you can keep riding throughout the year and wear ordinary clothes.
They cost more upfront than an average non-electric bike, but are very cheap to run, and much more economical over a year than running a car. Charging can cost as little as 30 cents for every 100km, and even less if your energy source is solar panels.
Similar to an e-bike, an e-scooter has a small motor with a rechargeable battery, which provides the user with power to increase their speed compared with an ordinary scooter.
There are two e-scooter share schemes operating in Brisbane. Visit the links below to find out more:
|Local street*||Road (other)||Shared pathway||Bike-only pathway||On-road bike lane||Green street**|
** A green street is designed to prioritise bike riding and other active transport, while also permitting motor vehicles to use the space.
For more information on where you can use e-bikes and e-scooters, browse the State Government’s road rules.
Please note that you are not permitted to ride an e-scooter on main roads or streets in the Brisbane CBD.
As a member of Cycling Brisbane, you can take advantage of discounts to purchase or maintain an e-bike. View the offers available to purchase an e-bike.
Currently, 99 Bikes are the only Cycling Brisbane sponsor that sell e-scooters.
Cycling Brisbane runs regular workshops where you can learn more about e-bikes, and try one as part of a guided ride. Book your free workshop (e-bike costs $10 to borrow).