A new shared electric scooter service has arrived in Christchurch. This is a guide on how to use them and how to stay safe.
Three e-scooter share providers are operating in Christchurch, with 1600 scooters available for public use.
Lime Technology has a fleet of 1000 in operation. Singapore-based company Beam has a 300-strong fleet, and a third provider, Wellington-firm Flamingo, has come on board with 300 scooters.
The number of scooters permitted in the city has currently been capped at 1600. The permits for all three e-scooter providers run until the end of February 2020.
E-scooters can be ridden on the footpath, shared paths and roadways.
On the footpath users must:
On the road e-scooters must be operated as near as practicable to the edge of the roadway.
E-scooters should be parked 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.
Don't park e-scooters on narrow footpaths or in busy areas where there isn't enough room for people to pass and don't park them up against fences, buildings or entranceways.
There are existing rules about the use of e-scooters(external link) which require users to operate them with care and consideration.
We are working with the police to encourage safe riding.
Some tips include:
Lime e-scooter pilot update November 2018: [PDF, 1019 KB] Presentation to the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee on the e-scooter trial.