Melbourne may have fallen out of love with its first attempt at a bike-sharing system — the used and (abused?) oBike bikes have become works of art, winding up in trees, the city’s Yarra River and even on café rooftops. For many others, the bikes just became a hindrance and left a horrible mess.
But there are continued efforts to make the city more green and sustainable. This season, American ride-hailing company Uber trials its Jump e-bike service. Four hundred of these bright red bikes, already seen in countries such as Canada, France, Germany and Portugal and which are reportedly more durable, have been rolled out in an area that covers the CBD, Docklands, Carlton, Parkville, Kensington, Flemington and South Yarra.
The Jump bikes can be rented and paid for through the Uber app, where minute-by-minute charges apply. Rates begin with a fixed AUD1 (Php33) fee and about AUD0.30 per minute of usage.
With the bikes capable of reaching speeds of up to 25kmh, Uber has kindly included a helmet with each two-wheeler — by local laws, riders are required to wear these helmets when they use the Jump bikes.
Uber’s corporate social responsibility efforts are also further heightened by the structure of its servicing and maintenance services. On-ground assistance is led by bike shop and social enterprise Good Cycles, which supports young and disadvantaged teens. jump.com
Find your place at a holistic sanctuary in Melbourne’s CBD, or up the tempo at Sydney’s new fitness gym-and-music club.
- Melbourne: Branded as a gym and spa complex but functioning more like a sanctuary for holistic care, Mellobarre covers the spectrum of wellness services — from strength, core and cardio classes to yoga, dance and meditation. The 15-minute meditation and 30-minute yoga, barre and Pilates sessions appeal to all the busy folk who might appreciate a bit of serenity in the middle of their day. mellobarre.com
- Sydney: The city’s new King Beats fitness center is a gym that operates just like a nightclub — this studio in Glebe blasts music to get you rocking out and pumping serious iron. Inspired by American musician Jay Z’s Ace of Spades champagne brand, the center offers live DJ sets every night, to get you grooving and your heart racing. Graffiti murals and intense lighting complete the mood and accompany your calorie-burning sessions. kingbeats.fitness