Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
E-scooter share scheme launches in Wellington
Posted on 17-Jun-2019 12:34 | Filed under: News


E-scooter share scheme launches in Wellington

Licences have been given to local start-up Flamingo and JUMP, the latter is owned and operated by Uber, to provide 800 (400 from each operator) e-scooters available for hire around the central city and suburbs.

 

Mayor Justin Lester welcomes the e-scooter share trial as part of the city offering more transport choices for residents and visitors to Wellington.  

 

“The trial will let us discover how people might want to use this service in the context of Wellington, and how popular it is over time. It will also help us to determine the city’s policy around micro-mobility transport, which includes e-scooter and bike share schemes.

 

“There are big changes ahead for transport in Wellington and we are keen to look at different ways to encourage people to replace some private vehicle trips with a more sustainable option.”

 

The trial will last 18 months, with an evaluation after six months that will decide whether it continues or not. Consultation and engagement on a micro-mobility transport policy will take place during the following 12 months.

 

The Council will be assessing how well the scheme is working throughout the trial period, including safety, the number and duration of trips, where people go, and where scooters are parked.

 

The licence conditions include funding a campaign to encourage safe and courteous riding, and messages have been developed in conjunction with the Council. Teams from both operators will be out in the city from Tuesday to help people use the scooters in the right way and ride safely.

 

Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman, the Council’s Portfolio Leader for Transport Strategy, says a code of practice will guide the safe implementation of the trial, including restrictions on how and where people can ride.

 

“We’ll be monitoring the trial closely, with a particular focus on maintaining safety for everyone. Footpaths remain an area where pedestrians have priority and e-scooter riders will be encouraged to use the road where it is safe to do so.

 

“At the moment, e-scooters cannot legally be ridden in approved bike lanes so Council officers are looking into whether the status of the existing bike lanes in the city can be changed retrospectively.”

 

To hire an e-scooter, people have to download an app from Flamingo or Jump, create an account and log in to find the nearest scooter. Helmets are not provided but riders are strongly encouraged to wear one. All scooters come with front and rear lights.

 

The licence conditions require operators to set electronic boundaries (geo-fencing) for where the scooters can’t be ridden. This will be used to enforce a ban on hiring e-scooters within the busy Courtenay precinct after 9pm, Friday to Sunday, and on the evenings before public holidays, by disabling scooters parked in that area after 9pm.

 

Other no-go zones are the footpath along the Golden Mile (on Lambton Quay starting from Whitmore Street along to Willis Street and along Manners Street); Cuba Mall; and the Botanic Gardens, including the Rose Garden and Anderson Park, Bolton Street Cemetery, Otari-Wilton’s Bush and Truby King Park.

 

People hiring an e-scooter are encouraged to park them out of the way of other people – the trip is easily finished when the user takes a photo on their phone to prove they have parked appropriately.

 

The e-scooters will be charged and redistributed around the city by Jump and Flamingo every night to avoid ‘bunching’, where lots of scooters are left in a few locations.

 

Councillors on the City Strategy Committee voted in favour of the trial in February. The two companies were selected following an evaluation of all of the five operators who submitted proposals. The selection process included an independent evaluator.

 










Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

'2degrees Mobile Customer Loyalty' Scam
Created by SamF, last reply by k14 on 23-Jul-2019 12:25 (18 replies)
Pages... 2


They don't build them like they used to
Created by DarthKermit, last reply by Fred99 on 22-Jul-2019 19:34 (34 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Akamai Access Issues?
Created by SamF, last reply by tardtasticx on 22-Jul-2019 17:46 (69 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Wiper Blades for Car
Created by sonyxperiageek, last reply by sonyxperiageek on 21-Jul-2019 18:35 (15 replies)

Spark Sport not working
Created by half1, last reply by half1 on 22-Jul-2019 15:56 (42 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Google Opinion Rewards - Android NZ - what gives you surveys?
Created by Ghostextechnica, last reply by darthkram on 22-Jul-2019 22:56 (13 replies)

Running hot water about 16m, options?
Created by MrAmerica, last reply by MrAmerica on 23-Jul-2019 15:50 (12 replies)

VF UFB Connection on the HFC Network
Created by James Bond, last reply by clinty on 22-Jul-2019 21:19 (12 replies)