Scooter in town

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

It’s a long way from Auck­land or Christchurch, but some­how a Lime scooter found its way to Strat­ford at the end of 2018, and one lo­cal man says he would love to see more of them in town.

Sev­en­teen-year-old Rory Bevins says he knew about e-scoot­ers and the Lime scooter brand, but didn’t ex­pect to see one in the Strat­ford New World carpark on De­cem­ber 29.

“When I saw it there, I down­loaded the app on my phone and went for a 20 minute ride straight away.”

Rory says the ride was “re­ally good fun” and he took the scooter out for an­other go the next day.

“That ride was about 40 min­utes long, it was great. The scooter was easy to use and it was fun to try some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

The cost, says Rory, was a one-off un­lock­ing fee of $1 fol­lowed by a charge of 15 cents a minute which he thought was a rea­son­able cost.

“It was the chance to try some­thing new, to give it a go.”

The for­mer New Ply­mouth Boys High stu­dent, who is off to Otago Uni­ver­sity this year, says he would hap­pily hire an­other Lime scooter if he came across one, and rec­om­mends try­ing it to any­one else who is cu­ri­ous about them.

“They’re easy to use and can go at a de­cent speed.”

E-scooter com­pany Lime, based in Cal­i­for­nia, launched in New Zealand in Oc­to­ber last year with hun­dreds of e-scoot­ers scat­tered across Auck­land and Christchurch.

Rory Bevins was quick to give a Lime scooter a test ride when he came across one in Strat­ford.

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