Two wheels good, two legs better, university rules

New traffic and parking regulations require  e-scooter and skateboard users and cyclists to walk through the campus. Photo: Gregor Richardson
New traffic and parking regulations require e-scooter and skateboard users and cyclists to walk through the campus. Photo: Gregor Richardson
The University of Otago has tightened its policy on scooters, bicycles, skateboards and other mobile transport devices, requiring users to ''disembark'' when entering the campus.

Since the introduction of the university's traffic and parking regulations in 2014, the use of different mobile transport devices had triggered the need for updates, university property services division director Dean Macaulay said.

The changes were particularly important in Dunedin because the campus could have 3000 students and staff walking through it at any stage - especially between lectures - and it was designed for pedestrians, he said.

Personal mobility aids for people with disabilities, such as wheelchairs, were still permitted on campus.

Updated regulations approved by the University Council yesterday classified bicycles and ''personal transport devices'' - such as scooters, skateboards, push scooters, inline skates - whether human- or electric-powered, together and treated them the same, he said.

Prohibiting their use on campus had become the default position, but the property services division director could still designate areas for their use, if necessary.

The university has already advised staff and students that hired e-scooters cannot be charged with the university's electricity.

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