Electric scooter company Lime tackles safety concerns at summit
HELMET pick-up points could be placed around Auckland under plans to improve the safety of electric scooters.
E-scooter firm Lime hosted a safe-scooting summit for riders at Eden Park yesterday, where organisers gave away 200 helmets to riders.
New Zealand Transport Agency does not require users to wear helmets but safety concerns were raised after a raft of ACC claims.
In October, the company launched 600 scooters in Auckland and 400 in Christchurch. They have been ridden more than 500,000 times.
Lime launcher Hank Rowe said the safety summit had always been part of the company’s plans.
There were more summits planned for the future where riders could get helmets and potential plans in the pipeline for helmet pick-up points, he said.
Last month, Auckland mayor Phil Goff made a submission to Transport Minister Phil Twyford, outlining suggested safety changes, including reducing the speed limit to 10kmh on footpaths and the use of helmets.