Lime e-scooter trial in Auckland extended

Marco Green
January 10, 2019

"It's been fascinating, the significant uptake of e-scooters, and this is not just in response to Lime, it's also in response to people's interest in different modes in transport".

The granting of a permanent licence to Lime depended on how well the remainder of the trial went.

The extension - however - will allow some changes in the bike sharing program. "We are working to improve road safety and we are pleased that Lime will be working in partnership with us to trial initiatives around scooter education and appropriate speeds on our busier footpaths".

Mr Kimpton said the council is pleased with its relationship with Lime and will continue to work closely with it.

Despite the safety concerns, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter said e-scooters offered real benefits and she wanted to wait until the Lime scooter trial was complete before seeing if further regulation was required.

"I don't want to rush to over-regulate e-scooters and waiting for the trial to run its course will ensure we have real-world data and experience to base our decisions on", Genter said.

It would also allow AT and the council to get more telling figures from organisations such as ACC in terms of injury numbers.

The plan to extend Lime's licence was revealed in an internal email, which Stuff obtained.

Auckland Council, in consultation with AT, has been considering whether to extend a three-month trial licence for the Lime scooters across the city.

When the state legislature ruled scooters "toy vehicles", they were not thinking about the motorized scooters now found on many Denver street corners, Susman said. And scooters are banned from the 16th Street Mall entirely. They can not be used in on-road cycleways, unless they are impeding road traffic.

While the rules do not require e-scooter riders to wear a helmet, NZ Transport Agency strongly recommends that helmets are worn for safety.

He favours a speed limit of 10km/h. Joint scooter rides are also banned.

In 2018, Auckland Council announced a trial period for the scooters that was meant to expire on January 14.

Information gathered during the trial period is being collated so that officers can make a recommendation on whether the council should continue issuing licences for e-scooter rental providers.

It's unlikely the scooters will be introduced until the second half of the year.

Meanwhile Lime e-scooters have launched in Dunedin today.

Lime scooters launched in Dunedin today and they are already established in Auckland, Christchurch and the Hutt Valley.

Lime city launcher Matt McNeill said safety was a key concern for the company and it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dunedin City Council which focused on safety and customer service.

At first the company would focus on the central city, tertiary precinct and areas such as the city's beaches.

Auckland Transport Chief Executive Shane Ellison says AT and the council supports innovation and development across all modes of transport and this trial recognises the increasing popularity of electric scooters.

Rowe said having pop-up events and roaming ambassadors in other parts of the country would have to be discussed with their local councils.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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