Scooters and bikes have become a popular way to get around Christchurch with the introduction of electric scooters (e-scooters) and bikes (e-bikes).
Using a shared e-scooter or e-bike is a great option, either for your entire journey or tagged onto another way of getting around.
Some people use them at the start or end of a bus or car journey, to cover the first and last section more quickly than walking.
Push scooters and bikes are a good, economic option with the added bonus of still providing some exercise.
Shared e-scooters and e-bikes are popular because they can make your commute easier, you don't need to worry about parking or storage, and you don't pay to purchase or maintain them.
There are two share providers operating in Christchurch with 1600 e-scooters and 400 e-bikes available for public use.
E-scooters can be ridden on the footpath, shared paths and roadways.
On the footpath users must:
E-bikes must follow the cycling code(external link).
As well as the usual cycling tips, it's worth noting that e-bikes are heavier than regular pushbikes, may handle differently, and take off faster than you expect.
When riding on a shared path, adjust your speed to suit the environment. Be aware of other users, use a bell, slow down and give them plenty of space when passing.
On the road, ride as near as practicable to the edge of the roadway.
When parking a shared e-scooter, make sure it is upright and close to the kerb edge where lampposts, signs and rubbish bins are usually placed. This means they won't block the path of people using footpaths.
Avoid parking on narrow footpaths and across entranceways, or in busy areas where there isn't enough room for people to pass.
Similarly for shared e-bikes, check you are not blocking main thoroughfares.
Some tips include: