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 set to be operating in Christchurch by spring, with 1600 scooters available for public use.
Lime Technology currently has a fleet of 1000 in operation. In June, Singapore-based company Beam, will start operating a 300-strong fleet until the end of February 2020. The third provider, Wellington-firm Flamingo, intends to come on board with 300 scooters in spring.
The number of scooters permitted in the city has currently been capped at 1600.
If you need to get in touch with Lime:
The Lime smartphone app(external link) is needed to use the scooters - instructions are on the scooters.
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: