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Electric scooters coming to Waimakariri

Wednesday, July 28, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: transport, safety

Electric scooters are set to be allowed in several towns across the Waimakariri District as part of a six month long trial.

All Community Boards are being asked for feedback on the proposed trial, which would include Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Woodend and Pegasus.

A staff report was presented to the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board at their meeting on (19th July 2021), and Deputy Board Chair Jackie Watson says the trial is a good opportunity to explore the use of e-scooters, and assess whether there is a place for this technology in the Waimakariri District.

“With on-going parking pressures, e-scooters make a viable and attractive option for people to get where they need to go without using a car. The Board are supportive of greener alternatives to car trips and look forward to the outcome”, says Jackie.

Staff have engaged with the Waimakariri Access Group, Age Friendly Waimakariri and the Youth Council to address any concerns in the trial planning. To address safety concerns, the trial will use “geo-fencing” technology in a bid to stop the scooters being used outside set boundaries.

The proposed trial period is the six months from October/November 2021 to March/April 2022.