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600 Lime electric scooters have arrived in the Hutt Valley

News from Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council
The Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt Councils have issued a permit to allow e-scooters to operate in locations across the Hutt Valley. The e-scooters are the first of their kind in the Wellington region and will operate in most parts of Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt.

Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council have been working with Lime regarding the operation of the e-scooters and will review their uptake and operation over the coming year.

“E-scooters are an exciting new way for people to move around Lower Hutt,” says Kim Kelly GM City Transformation Hutt City Council.

“Transport is undergoing a major transformation. The way we view and plan for transport in our city will be informed by technology advancements in electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles. Next year we will be following up on the these innovations and others like e-scooters with the residents of Lower Hutt involving them in a wider discussion about transport with a joint project with WSP Opus to gather insights from residents and to showcase future transport technology at Our Future City Festival in May 2019,” says Kim Kelly.

Hutt City Council’s Deputy Mayor David Bassett says that the e-scooters will provide another transport option for the Hutt, and that safety is paramount.

“Electronic scooters provide another sustainable transport option, which is great for our community, but we need to make sure everyone is safe. Council wants those using an e-scooter to do so in a manner which is safe for themselves and others.”

Hutt City Council’s Traffic Asset Manager Damon Simmons says the Council’s transport division supports the e-scooter rollout as a viable alternative to motor vehicle use within the Hutt Valley. “We are aware of the safety concerns associated with e-scooters. Everyone operating bicycles, scooters or e-scooters are advised to always wear a helmet, operate at a speed that is safe for you and those around you, and stay as far left as possible when travelling on the road.”

Geoff Swainson, Upper Hutt City Council’s Director of Asset Management and Operations says, “The arrival of Lime Scooters is the latest in a line of personal mobility devices. Here in Upper Hutt, we are open to trialling them so we can understand how they contribute to meeting the transport needs of the community and to plan for them from both transport and urban design perspectives as they become an established mode of transport going forward.”

Lime will introduce a Safe Scoot campaign as part of the introduction of e-scooters. There will also be an education programme covering safety checks, responsible riding and correct parking including highlighting the impact of poor scooter placement to the general public. Riders will be informed about legal requirements and operating the scooters in a considerate manner.

Lime scooters has 600 e-scooters available to customers in Upper and Lower Hutt.

Details of permit

E-scooters can be ridden on the footpath or road. Rules for their usage are on the NZTA website.

Each e-scooter must have a working bell, a steady or flashing rear-facing red light, and a headlight.

E-scooters must not be parked or allowed to remain on or in inappropriate locations including on footpaths that are narrow and where they could pose a safety hazard; where they could interfere with pedestrian access generally or access to amenities; or any other areas identified by Council staff.

Lime will ensure e-scooters are effectively redistributed to avoid excessive build up in any one area.

Operations and parking, and safety and maintenance targets have been set out for Lime in the permit. These cover dangerous or hazardously placed e-scooters, unsafe or faulty e-scooters and safety inspections plus parking, and areas identified in out-of-service areas.

E-scooter users and the general public can report safety and maintenance issues by phoning Lime on 0800 467 001.

News from Lime
The streets of Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt are glowing in green in time for Christmas, as global urban mobility phenomenon Lime has launched its smart, dock-free scooters. Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt are the third and fourth New Zealand cities to jump on the Lime bandwagon, following incredible uptake in Auckland and Christchurch.

Lime’s Wellington Region Operations Manager Sam Seiniger said the scooters will provide residents and visitors with connectivity to public transport infrastructure.

“The Hutt Valley is a beautiful place with great scenic paths, so we want people out of cars exploring the cities,” Mr Seiniger said. “Parking around train stations in Lower Hutt is especially overwhelmed, so the scooters are a fantastic addition making public transport more accessible to commuters.”

Lime has been working closely with the New Zealand Transport Agency to make sure all risks and safety concerns have been mitigated and will continue to work with the Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council.

Hutt City Council’s General Manager of City Transformation Kim Kelly said electric scooters are an exciting new way for people to move around Lower Hutt.

“The way we view and plan for transport in our city will be informed by technology advancements and we intend to follow up on these innovations by involving Lower Hutt residents in a wider discussion about transport,” said Kim Kelly.

Lime has seen incredible success in New Zealand, recording more than 500,000 rides and 150,000 active unique users since its dual launches in Auckland and Christchurch in October.

New Zealand Lime Launcher Hank Rowe said there is no sign of speedbumps when it comes to expanding across the country.

“The uptake in New Zealand has been incredible and we are looking forward to bringing Lime to more communities,” Mr Rowe said.

“I always knew Kiwis would relish the opportunity to use a greener, innovative, and fun mode of transport but even I am surprised by New Zealand’s zest for the scooters.”

Scooters will be collected every night by ‘juicers’ to minimise the risk of theft, damage or faults.

Residents can sign up as ‘juicers’ and earn up to $150 a day collecting and charging the scooters.

A number of ‘juicers’ in Christchurch and Auckland have been able to use the easy income to contribute to many things such as holidays, home loans and Christmas presents. Lime is now looking to grow their ‘juicer’ community in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt.

Lime’s commitment to improving city living and urban transportation infrastructure has transformed travel across the globe, expanding to more than 130 markets and recording 20 million rides since its inception in 2017.

More information visit https://www.li.me/

Social media: @limebike, #KiwisandLimes #citrusgotreal

10 comments:

  1. Patrick Morgan, Cycling Action Network, 14. December 2018, 14:36

    The Hutt is streets ahead of Wellington on this one. Why are we waiting?

     
  2. greenwelly, 14. December 2018, 15:48

    possibly the same reason we don’t have Paxsters here?

     
  3. Cecil Roads, 14. December 2018, 19:20

    Give ’em six months and some hospitalized pedestrians and they’ll be pulled.

     
  4. Andy Mellon, 14. December 2018, 19:40

    I’m waiting to see how this goes. I walk everywhere in the Hutt (walked out to Gracefield and back for work today) and saw a couple of these in use. One person blazing at full speed down the footpath seemed pretty dangerous to me. Fortunately, I was on the opposite pavement.

     
  5. Marion Leader, 15. December 2018, 6:43

    Do you have to look both ways when you come out of your front gate?

     
  6. Tara, 15. December 2018, 11:00

    I don’t see how these can be allowed on the footpath and why they are not allowed in designated bike lanes! As a pedestrian I’m not that keen on competing for space..

     
  7. luke, 15. December 2018, 11:16

    Id rather be hit by a limescooter than a car & every person on a lime scooter is one less motorist.

     
  8. Isabella, 15. December 2018, 13:09

    All micromobility causing problems on footpaths (scooters, bikes, skateboards, segways, etc) is a smoking gun for “there is lots of latent demand for rori iti (little roads)”
    https://thespinoff.co.nz/auckland/26-11-2018/where-should-lime-scooters-go-on-the-little-road-of-course/

    so let’s get on and build them already! Widen footpaths, delineate (e.g. with a lip) dedicate space that’s only for slow-moving / vulnerable / pausing people, and voila – rori iti, and see everyone get flowing!

     
  9. Lyn, 15. December 2018, 19:21

    Why aren’t these riders required to wear helmets. I have seen them on the road going at quite a speed and weaving in and out between cars. They are a danger to others and themselves and it wont be long before someone is seriously hurt. I hope the councils are well insured.

     
  10. Heidi P, 16. December 2018, 6:05

    These limeys are not car drivers most are bus commuters and do not reduce number of motorists.