Lime scooters for Queenstown?

Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files
Lime scooters may be on the way to Queenstown.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will be asked at its meeting on Thursday to approve a six-month trial for 400 Lime scooters across the Wakatipu basin.

Included in a raft of control measures proposed were safety checks, that operating hours be limited to between 5am and 10pm daily and scooters not removed from the CBD by 11pm would be seized by the council and subject to a $100 release fee.

QLDC's general manager property and Infrastructure, Peter Hansby, said ongoing discussions with Lime has resulted in a draft  memorandum of understanding.

“While we don’t fully understand yet whether our existing infrastructure is suitable for a commercial e-scooter operation, the trial period will help us to test Queenstown’s suitability for an increasingly popular way of getting around that could help people get out of their cars and ease congestion on our roads."

If approved, up to 400 scooters would mainly operate in and around the resort town's centre, however they would be also tested across the Wakatipu basin, Mr Hansby said.

“The timing and extent of the trial area is yet to be determined but we’re keen to understand whether the e-scooters offer a safe and genuine alternative for people coming into town from nearby suburbs.

"We’ll also be asking for community feedback while the trial period is under way.” 

Other controls included in the MOU were limits on operation times, where the scooters can be parked to ensure pedestrian and mobility scooter access is maintained, clear signage and rider education to be implemented by Lime.  


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