Bicycles are roughly 1 per 10,000. Tenfold more ACC reported accidents are scooters.
Factors would be
1. Many new riders learning the scooter. Most cyclists are already up to speed, so not scooters fault
2. No helmets Council's/NZTA fault due to no regulations
3. More risk of skin/elbow/knee injury at higher speeds. Humans fault for knowing the risk and ignoring it
The other thing is that pedestrians also are getting injured from riders of scooters. There was an elderly woman on RNZ who had a small kid ride into her ankle causing damage to tendons. With the elderly, these types of injuries take a lot longer to heal and can be more problematic. IMO cycles are easier to control and steer and I would prefer to see more e bikes , rather than scooters. But I guess scooters are cheaper.
The other thing that councils need to do is stop them being able to be left in the middle of the pavements. I have seen several, with several laying on their side, completely blocking pavements, and it just looks bad. This prevents people on mobility carts passing. Councils usually use fines as a way to fix this sort of thing, and I guess that can be passed onto the last user if they didn't park it properly.
I agree. Bicycles can do that as well, but scooters can be faster and are harder to ride. I dont really get the Councils attitude. In this day of PC attitudes. While I'm not suggesting cotton wool, it faster than a cycle, so at worst, its the same status as a cycle. Helmet wise and footpath wise, aka sensible