E-scooter in­juries fewer than with push scoot­ers

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Ryan Dun­lop

It has been 25 days since Lime e-scoot­ers ap­peared in New Zealand and the lat­est ACC claims show there have been at least 90 in­juries in­volv­ing the ma­chines in that time.

But in the same pe­riod, 569 claims were made from in­juries aris­ing from tra­di­tional foot-pro­pelled scoot­ers. The in­juries were mostly scrapes, cuts, bruises, frac­tures and dis­lo­ca­tions.

Lime scooter claims came from Auck­land and Christchurch — the two cities where the ma­chines were rolled out from Oc­to­ber 14.

Since then in Auck­land, 171 claims were made by users of con­ven­tional scoot­ers, 61 in Christchurch and 337 from around the rest of the coun­try.

A re­port pre­pared for Auck­land Coun­cil sug­gests that ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing e-scoot­ers could set­tle back. The re­port was pro­duced after Mayor Phil Goff re­quested a brief­ing on rules and safety for the new-wave scoot­ers when Coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Fletcher said she came “within an inch of be­ing taken out”. The coun­cil re­port found “ex­pe­ri­ence shows there are ini­tial peaks in safety in­ci­dents”.

It was true for “roller skates in the 1960s and the resur­gence of skate­boards in the 1980s” and of “bi­cy­cles in the 1800s”.

The San Fran­cisco com­pany be­hind the e-scoot­ers says it plans to roll out a US$3 mil­lion ($4.5m) cam­paign in which 25,000 free hel­mets would be given to ap­pli­cants who signed a safety pledge.

The un­der­tak­ing re­quires Lime rid­ers to ride re­spon­si­bly at all times, wear a hel­met, abide by traf­fic laws and speed lim­its, and op­er­ate only within des­ig­nated ar­eas such as streets and bike lanes.

Lime users must also “park prop­erly out of the way of pedes­trian walk­ways, ser­vice ramps and metro stops and be aware of au­to­mo­biles, pedes­tri­ans and fel­low rid­ers”.

Photo / Ja­son Ox­en­ham

ACC claims in­di­cate at least 90 e-scooter in­juries since launch but 569 with tra­di­tional scoot­ers.

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