Mosgiel resident Bill Bennett says it is just a matter of
time before a pedestrian is injured by a mobility scooter.
Photos by Craig Baxter.
A Mosgiel resident says something has to be done about
''grey racers'' stalking the town's streets.
Mosgiel resident Bill Bennett (75) said the scooters were so
quiet they were ''just about on you before you notice them''.
''You get a hell of a fright, because they are so silent.''
Scooters had been causing problems for pedestrians in the
town for ''a few years now'', with an increase in the number
of scooters coinciding with a rise in the number of elderly
people retiring in the town, he said.
The Dunedin City Council needed to do something to fix the
problem or a pedestrian would be injured.
Mobility scooter rider and Mosgiel resident Mary White says
most riders are careful around pedestrians.
One option was for the council to put in dedicated
scooter lanes on the footpath of the town's main street, he
He had not noticed any improvement since a safety workshop
for scooter users was held in the town last October.
Mobility scooter user and Mosgiel resident Mary White (85)
felt the situation was not as bad as Mr Bennett and others
had suggested and that most scooter riders were careful.
''I don't see that it's all that bad. I don't think that
there are all that many scooters around here anyway,'' she
Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said after being
involved in the safety workshops last year, the council had
no further plans when it came to mobility scooters.
It was not considering putting in dedicated scooter lanes, he
''It is unlikely they would be wide enough to put in a centre
Mr Bennett contacted the Otago Daily Times after
fellow Mosgiel resident Mike Smith expressed concern in a
letter to the editor about the threat posed by mobility
scooters, calling the town the ''mobility scooter capital of
the world'' and dubbing scooter riders ''grey racers''.