E-Scooters coming to Selwyn
by Mike Isle
E-scooters will be coming to Selwyn for a six-month trial, subject to the adoption of changes to traffic and parking rules.
Selwyn District Council voted at its meeting last week to agree to a trial for two scooter companies, Lime and Lava, to trial their scooters in Rolleston, Prebbleton and Lincoln.
It will be the first time an e-scooter trial has been carried out outside one of New Zealand’s major urban areas.
The trial is subject to the adoption of the council’s draft traffic and parking bylaw, which includes changes allowing the scooters to be used and parked legally on public footpaths.
The draft bylaw is out for public consultation until October 18. The earliest the bylaw can be adopted by the council would be at its December meeting.
The trial will involve 50 Lava scooters and 200 Lime Scooters, which will be allowed to travel between the towns using cycleways.
Lime Asia’s head of public affairs Mitchell Price said Lime has a vision for micro-mobility as part of a transport solution for the wider Christchurch region and neighbouring districts.
The council had safety concerns around the use of State Highways and directed that the state highways be made no-go zones for the scooters and that staff decline Burnham as a destination. Cemeteries will also be off-limits.
The Rolleston iZone business hub will be included in the trial area with a crossing allowed across State Highway 1 using the pedestrian crossing from Rolleston Drive.