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A 12-month trial of a ``footpath courtesy zone'' is being proposed by the Dunedin City Council for the footpaths along George and Princes Sts from Albany St to Rattray St.
A 15kmh speed limit would be voluntary and there would be no penalties for people found breaking it.
It would also apply to skateboards and other non-motorised scooters.
Councillors will vote on whether to adopt the proposal at a full council meeting on Tuesday.
The move was prompted by a request from councillors frustrated at the lack of enforcement tools available to them.
Council community services manager Simon Pickford said while the courtesy zone lacked ``teeth'' he hoped it would lead to self-enforcement and public-enforcement.
If successful, the courtesy zones could be extended to other busy pedestrian areas, Mr Pickford said.
At this stage there were no plans to ask Lime, which has 700 e-scooters in the city, to use geo-fencing technology to automatically restrict speed in the area, as the Auckland Council had done.
Measures could be developed as the trial progressed, he said.
A review of the council's mobile trading bylaw was also under way which aimed to provide greater controls over the use of e-scooters.
Any revised bylaw was expected to come into force about March next year.
Another e-scooter company, Singapore based Beam, had formally contacted the council about possibly operating in city, but had not given a launch date, he said.
Lime New Zealand public affairs manager Lauren Mentjox said the company supported the plan and had a good working relationship with the council.
Since the service was launched in January more than 300,000 trips had been made by more than 52,000 riders and the number of private e-scooters had also increased.