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					COUNCIL                REPORT                                                          Agenda Item 5.1

                                                                                         31 March 2009
MELBOURNE PUBLIC BICYCLE HIRE SCHEME


Committee              Connected City Committee


Presenter              Cr Louey


Purpose

1.     To seek endorsement to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Victorian Department
       of Transport to facilitate the implementation of a public bicycle hire scheme within the
       municipality.


Recommendation

2.     That Council:

       2.1.    endorse the Victorian Government’s intention to implement a public bicycle scheme in the
               City of Melbourne; and

       2.2.    authorise the administration to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Department of
               Transport, based on the planning and operating principles detailed in this report, to
               implement the scheme within the municipality.




Council Report Attachment:
1.     Connected City Committee, Agenda Item 3.2, 3 March 2009
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CONNECTED               CITY       COMMITTEE                REPORT                    Agenda Item 3.2

                                                                                         3 March 2009
MELBOURNE PUBLIC BICYCLE HIRE SCHEME


Division       Sustainability and Regulatory Services


Presenter      Geoff Robinson, Manager Engineering Services


Purpose

1.   To seek the Connected City Committee’s endorsement for the City of Melbourne to enter into a
     Memorandum of Understanding with the Victorian Department of Transport to facilitate the
     implementation of a public bicycle hire scheme within the municipality.


Recommendation from Management

2.   That the Connected City Committee recommend that Council:

     2.1.   endorse the Victorian Government’s intention to implement a public bicycle scheme in the
            City of Melbourne; and

     2.2.   authorise the administration to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Department of
            Transport, based on the planning and operating principles detailed in this report, to
            implement the scheme within the municipality.


Background

3.   Automated public bicycle hire schemes are a new mode of bicycle transport for international cities
     such as Paris, Barcelona and Lyon. Typically they are made up of a grid of automated bicycle
     parking stations located in the streets or other public spaces throughout the city and users can join
     the system via the internet or at a vending machine located at each station. The vending machine
     usually accepts credit cards, registers users and dispenses bicycles from the docking bollards.
     Users pay a refundable bond, are charged on a time basis and can return their bicycle to any station
     on the network.

4.   During 2007/2008, City of Melbourne officers worked with the Department of Transport to assess
     the feasibility of introducing such a scheme in inner Melbourne. Through its Victorian Transport
     Plan, published in December 2008, the Victorian Government announced its intention to invest
     $5million in a public bicycle hire scheme in inner Melbourne.

Key Issues

5.   It is anticipated that the public bicycle system will be implemented through a contract between the
     Department of Transport and a service provider to be determined through a tender process.

6.   Public bicycle hire schemes have been successful overseas and, as bicycles are an effective mode
     of transport for trips up to 10km, could service the inner Melbourne region. Initially, the
     Department is proposing to establish the scheme in the City of Melbourne only.
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7.   The Department of Transport seeks the cooperation of the City of Melbourne on the location,
     design and advertising of the bicycle stations, as well as operational issues.

8.   It is recommended that the following planning and operating principles be adopted:

     8.1.   Bicycle stations must be located:

            8.1.1.    in publicly accessible open spaces;

            8.1.2.    at sites convenient and safe for the use and management of the system;

            8.1.3.    at convenient spacings;

            8.1.4.    close to high volume public transport interchanges and car-share pods;

            8.1.5.    close to safe bicycle routes;

            8.1.6.    close to tourist accommodation such as youth hostels and hotels; and

            8.1.7.    in positions that minimise the impact or obstruction to other users of roads,
                      footpaths and public open space.

     8.2.   Bicycle stations should not be located on congested footpaths or in parking lanes of streets
            subject to clearway restrictions. When located on footpaths the stations should be positioned
            in line with existing street furniture or trees to limit the impact on pedestrians. When located
            on roadways, particular attention would need to be given to safe pedestrian access to the
            stations.

     8.3.   Bicycle stations should not incorporate shelters given the larger footprint required and the
            obstruction to sightlines along and across the streets.

     8.4.   While advertising could be a source of revenue that could be used to offset the cost of
            operating the system and could therefore be a component of a contract to install and run a
            public bicycle system, advertising options should be limited to the bicycles, in order to limit
            the impact on the streetscape.

     8.5.   Off street locations could include building forecourts where there would be no resultant
            pedestrian obstruction, off street car parks abutting heavy pedestrian areas on streets, or, on
            an interim basis, vacant building sites.

     8.6.   The City of Melbourne is consulted on operational issues, including but not limited to:

            8.6.1.    the provision of helmets;

            8.6.2.    fees;

            8.6.3.    alterations to station locations or configurations;

            8.6.4.    public and personal liabilities;

            8.6.5.    operating hours;

            8.6.6.    lighting and security;

            8.6.7.    information and maps;

            8.6.8.    monitoring of usage patterns and user demographics, and



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              8.6.9.    variations in the system’s capacity to address the impacts of seasonal conditions
                        and major events.

Time Frame

9.      Timing for the implementation of the scheme will be determined by the Department of Transport.
        Planning and tendering could take approximately 12 to 18 months.

Relation to Council Policy

10.     As a support to cycling within the municipality, the proposal is generally consistent with the
        objectives of Council’s Transport Strategy, Moving People and Freight (2006) and specifically
        consistent with Council’s Zero Net Emissions by 2020 (Update 2008) which nominates the “
        introduction of an integrated Cycle Melbourne scheme combining bicycle hire, expanded end-of-
        trip facilities and a cycling network throughout the city” as a pathway to reducing the
        municipality’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Consultation

11.     City of Melbourne officers have consulted with officers from the Department of Transport.

Finance

12.     While there has been no detailed financial analysis undertaken in this report, the establishment of a
        contract between the State Government and a service provider should not result in any direct costs
        to Council. However, locating bicycle stations in parking lanes in the Central Business District
        could reduce parking meter revenue by approximately $25,000 per annum per station.

Legal

13.     The recommendation made in this report is within the role, functions and objectives of the Council.

Sustainability

14.     A public bicycle hire scheme is expected to provide a significant boost to bicycle use in the
        municipality.




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                                                                                     Agenda Item 3.2
                                                                            Connected City Committee
                                                                                        3 March 2009



FINANCE ATTACHMENT



MELBOURNE PUBLIC BICYCLE HIRE SCHEME



The report provides insufficient data to make a reliable assessment and estimate of the financial
impact on the Council. The report suggests that the proposal may have an impact on parking revenue
in the CBD if available car parking spaces are lost.

Although a reliable estimate cannot be made at this stage the financial impact of the loss of car
parking spaces is clearly unfavourable unless this can be offset by additional revenue or a reduction
in expenditure.




Joe Groher
Manager Financial Services
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                                                                                    Agenda Item 3.2
                                                                           Connected City Committee
                                                                                       3 March 2009



LEGAL ATTACHMENT



MELBOURNE PUBLIC BICYCLE HIRE SCHEME



Section 3D of the Local Government Act 1989 (“the Act”) states that the role of a Council includes:

    “(b) providing leadership by establishing strategic objectives and monitoring their achievement;

    (d) advocating the interests of the local community to other communities and governments;

    (e) acting as a responsible partner in government by taking into account the needs of other
        communities.”

Section 3E(1)(b) further provides that the functions of Council include “planning for and providing
services and facilities for the local community”.

Section 7 of the City of Melbourne Act 2001 sets out additional objectives including:

    “(d) to work in conjunction with the Government of the State on projects which that Government
    or the Council determines are significant to Melbourne”.

The recommendation made in the report is within the role, functions and objectives of the Council.




Kim Wood
Manager Legal Services

				
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