A dockless bike-share company is eyeing up Tauranga as a potential location for future expansion.

Onzo was founded in Auckland a year ago and launched its yellow and black bikes in Wellington last Sunday.

Chief growth officer Min-kyn Jung said Onzo wanted to continue expanding into other New Zealand cities after a "positive reception" - 141,000 trips in Auckland.

"We want to look at what we could do in Tauranga," Jung said.

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Han Li, Min-kyu Jung and Harry Yang of bike sharing company Onzo visited Tauranga this week. Photo/John Borren
Han Li, Min-kyu Jung and Harry Yang of bike sharing company Onzo visited Tauranga this week. Photo/John Borren

"Tauranga has one of highest rates car dependence in New Zealand. A lot of car trips could be replaced if another option was available."

He said the service was app-based and the bikes were dockless, meaning a user could just leave one wherever when they were finished with it, and it would stay there until the next person found it or located its position via the app.

Once the user paid for the time they needed - the rate was 25c per 15 minutes - the bike would unlock and they can ride off.

In Auckland, the bikes have been found in some strange places including up a tree, in the harbour and in a crater at Mt Eden.

Jung said the company was looking to add electric scooters, which were allowed on footpaths, to its offering before the end of the year.

He believed electric scooters would become more ubiquitous over the next few years, and councils needed to plan to accommodate them.

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Jung was invited to speak to Tauranga City Council's transport committee this week, after an invitation from chairman councillor Rick Curach.

Bike and e-scooter sharing companies have been popping up all over the world in recent years, presenting regulatory challenges for the cities where they become popular.