Cycleway one of the 'nicest' places to ride e-scooters

Dunedin's separated cycleways are perfect for Lime scooters - but the green machines may struggle on the city's steeper hills a Lime spokesman says. 

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Dunedin launcher Matt McNeill was in the Octagon this morning with members of Lime's operations team to officially launch the scooters and to speak to local and national media - many of whom took the chance to zoom around the centre of town on the Lime scooters themselves.

They were joined by members of the public, including businessmen in suits, who were already eagerly trying out the new scooters.

A fleet of 300 e-scooters were launched today.

A small group of Lime scooter riders make their way down the Cumberland St cycleway. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
A small group of Lime scooter riders make their way down the Cumberland St cycleway. Photo: Gerard O'Brien

The scooters can be ridden on the footpath, road, shared pathways and cycle lanes separated by concrete islands but not the cycle lanes painted onto the road.

Dunedin's cycleways were "one of the nicest places to actually ride them", Mr McNeill said.

When it came to "steeper inclines" the scooters would need a bit of a manual kick, he said.

Mr McNeill said there were about 20 operations team members based in Dunedin, and that number would grow into the future as the fleet of scooters grew.

Whenever scooters came back into the hands of the operations team, they would be checked over to make sure they were safe and any repairs needed would be made, being checked at least weekly.

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