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Dunedin Hospital's emergency department is "apprehensive'' about the student influx leading to more Lime Scooter injuries.
Department clinical leader Dr John Chambers said today he urged students to be "sensible, stay safe and wear a helmet'' if using the e-scooters.
"It is also important that scooter users realise that pedestrians may not hear them coming up behind them at some speed.''
Helmets were compulsory in Brisbane "for good reason'', he said.
"ED staff are apprehensive about the next few weeks when thousands of young students will come back into town and many will be tempted to have a go.''
The department looked after a "number of e-scooter patients with painful and serious injuries'' in the past few weeks.
"We have not collated actual numbers, but anecdotally, initially we saw around 5 to 7 presentations per day directly attributable to Lime Scooters. This number has reduced to between 1 and 2 per day.''
A Lime spokesman said the safety of its riders was its "number one priority''.
"We're constantly developing and implementing new tools and product features to further promote safe riding, and will continue to see all the ways we can proactively educate riders on safe riding habits.''
When asked the spokesman did not comment on whether the company would provide helmets in New Zealand as it had in some cities overseas.
Lime would host a local "Safety Summit'' in collaboration with the University of Otago during Orientation Week for a "constructive conversation around the safety implications of shared mobility'', he said.
"We encourage riders to wear helmets at all times through messaging in our app and on our scooters.''
Between November 14, 2018 and January 29, 2019 there were 37 ACC claims in Dunedin involving e-scooters, equalling $3321.
The company launched in the city on January 10.
This compares to 70 claims involving push scooters.
Nationwide there were 931 e-scooter claims in that time, compared to 3564 for push scooters.
Lime released a statement this week saying its scooters were "transforming the streets of Dunedin''.
It recorded more than 75,000 rides and 20,000 unique riders in three weeks.
The company said this meant "more than 80,000km of driving has been avoided; reducing the city's reliance on cars and carbon emissions''.
This was an "approximate assumption'' based on global results implying 66% of riders would have driven or been driven if they had not ridden a Lime, a spokeswoman said.