April 28th, 2017

Australia’s first residential electric bike sharing scheme

Australia’s first smart electric bike share system in a residential building has been launched in Canberra.

Bike sharing platform BYKKO and developer Art Group have teamed up to provide 10 electric shared bikes at the new On Forbes apartments in Turner.

The new apartments come with a free twelve-month e-bike share subscription for residents.

BYKKO uses the latest technology from Europe to provide lightweight power-assisted bikes suitable for people with all levels of fitness and ability.

BYKKO Founder and Managing Director, Monica Zarafu, says international research has found e-bikes encourage more people to cycle.

“Around the world electric bike share stations are delivering proven benefits, encouraging more healthy and active living and helping people minimise their carbon footprints,” Ms Zarafu says.

“Bike share stations have also been found to add up to three per cent to property values. Developers are starting to see that bike share options can add value to residents in much the same way as pools and gyms,” Ms Zarafu adds.

The BYKKO system includes a charge station and e-bikes with integrated locking and charging technology, as well as a one swipe checkout system, a user friendly web/app platform and intelligent fleet management and maintenance.

Art Group’s Project Director Brett Smith says BYKKO’s e-bikes, with a daily range of 50 kilometres and speeds of up to 25 kilometres an hour, offer a new model of active transport for the city.

“Canberra already has one of the highest cycling rates in the country – but less than three per cent of Canberrans commute to work. We hope this trial will be the start of a new movement in Canberra which will encourage more commuters to embrace active travel, and will contribute to Canberra’s growing reputation as an innovative, forward-thinking city,” Mr Smith says.

“BYKKO is thrilled to partner with a visionary organisation like Art Group to get Canberrans out of their cars and onto a sustainable mode of transport that can lighten their carbon footprint and boost their health and wellbeing,” Ms Zarafu concludes.


BYKKO is a family owned business that provides state-of-the-art electric bike share systems to enhance the way people move around cities. BYKKO offers a new way for developers, communities and government to think about integrated transport options as part of urban development and renewal.

About Art Group

Established in Canberra in 2003, Art Group takes great pride in its strong network of architects, designers, suppliers and master craftsmen and women working on projects around the national capital, including On Forbes in Turner, various developments in Lawson and a new $400 million precinct on Northbourne Avenue.