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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

This page contains information on e-scooters use in Dunedin.

eScooter

Using e-scooters

E-scooters can be ridden on the footpath, shared paths and roadways.

On the footpath users must:

  • be careful and considerate and ride the scooters at a speed that doesn't put other people on the footpath at risk
  • give way to both pedestrians and people on mobility devices.

On the road e-scooters must be operated as near as practicable to the edge of the roadway.

Parking e-scooters

E-scooters should be parked upright and close to the kerb edge where lamp-posts, 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 entrance ways.

    Parking rules for escooter

Safety

There are existing rules about the use of e-scooters (link to external website, new window)  which require users to operate them with care and consideration.

We are working with the police to encourage safe riding.

Some tips include:

  • Be aware – watch for car doors opening, potholes, pedestrians and check for left turning vehicles. Also, be aware that it will take some time to stop if you are going downhill.
  • Be predictable – maintain a straight line and use the bell as the e-scooters are silent.
  • Be seen – make sure the front and rear lights are working, make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians and watch out for blind zones such as parked cars and corners.
  • Be patient – slow down near parked or queued vehicles, give way to pedestrians, pass slowly and ride with courtesy.
  • Be prepared – it is recommended to wear a helmet and check the scooter before setting off. Become familiar with the brakes and the small wheel size. Ensure you have enough room to safely stop suddenly.

Memorandum of Understanding

There are no current bylaws and policies to cover e-scooters within the DCC area.

Lime scooters don’t need a permit to operate in Dunedin, but the DCC has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the company, which includes guidelines about the location and placement of parked scooters.

We encourage people to call Lime if they see a scooter restricting pedestrian access to the footpath or a building. When Lime is notified of an incorrectly parked scooter, they are expected to fix it within two hours.

If you see someone operating a scooter unsafely, contact the police.

While a permit is needed to use the footpath for items such as café tables or large freestanding signs, this doesn’t apply to scooters as they are classed as vehicles, like bicycles or mobility scooters.

Riding in parks or reserves

E-scooters are allowed in some parks but can’t be used in the Botanic Garden.

They’re allowed in areas of parks set aside for vehicles, such as driveways, carparks and shared paths.

People should let us know if they’re seen in other areas of a park or they should be redirected to areas where they’re allowed.

Contacts

Lime

The Lime smartphone app (link to external website, new window)  is needed to use the scooters - instructions are on the scooters.

NZTA

See low powered vehicles (link to external website, new window) for rules relating to Lime scooters

Scooting doesn’t cost much and you can:

  • chat to your friends
  • move independently
  • be fast
  • have fun
  • be more active

You can ride your scooter on the footpath or in a playground. There are different ways for you to stay safe when riding your scooter:

  • Make sure your scooter is put together properly – read the instructions and tighten the bolts, nuts and screws
  • Wear a helmet – it helps protect your head if you fall off
  • Other safety gear is a good idea too – wrist, elbow and knee pads are good protection
  • Make sure the scooter fits you - little children can get scooters with two wheels at the back for more balance
  • Look after your friends – encourage them to take things slowly while they’re learning
  • Wear sturdy shoes – sandals and flip flops can get caught up and you can stub your toes
  • Learn on the flat before you tackle hills – speed wobbles are hard to control
  • Keep an eye out for bumpy or sandy ground and puddles – even little bumps can stop your front wheel. Scope out your ride before you start and keep looking ahead
  • Stay on the footpath – cars and scooters don’t mix! If you need to cross the road, do it safely – use your eyes, use your ears, before you use your feet. When it’s safe, push your scooter across
  • Be visible - a high visibility vest means drivers can see you more easily
  • Stay away from the traffic – scooter on the side of the footpath away from the cars and watch out for sneaky driveways
  • Slow down – don’t go as fast as you can because people can change direction suddenly and cars can pull out of driveways so you need to be able to stop
  • Get your parents to talk about safety concerns and explain why you must follow the rules. If you know the hazards and what could happen, the rules will make more sense.

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