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# 251280 17-Jun-2019 12:36
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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.

 





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  # 2259487 17-Jun-2019 14:28
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I am a Grinch when it come to these e-scooters.

 

I agree they  are great fun  in areas where there is space for them but i just dont see them as a valid transport option for Wellington especially if they are being encouraged to use the road.
We are trying to get Welly moving, surely putting more slow moving single-occupant modes of transport on the road in front of e.g. buses is just a contradiction.
And we know there will be bad behaviour and discourteous riding on footpaths and they will be dumped where ever like ONZO bikes.
It is interesting they cannot use the currently empty cycle lanes.



 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2259763 17-Jun-2019 21:32
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Well I was taking a walk in Petone yesterday and seeing so many Lime Scooters around decided to try one out. Not having a helmet I did my trial in a park and kept the speed down.  I did see that it was the last chance to rid the Lime scooters for a while and they were closing for the winter. That seems silly. I wonder if that has to do with their losing a bid for the Wellington business?





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  # 2259927 18-Jun-2019 08:34
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My Flamingo referral is R764M9Q5 if anybody wants free credit to start them off. We both get 3 free unlocks.

 

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  # 2259933 18-Jun-2019 08:46
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 I did see that it was the last chance to rid the Lime scooters for a while and they were closing for the winter. That seems silly. I wonder if that has to do with their losing a bid for the Wellington business?

 

 

I initially thought it might be a way to retreat from the market without losing face, but decided it was probably because people just don't want to use them in the cold and wet.

 

Which also makes me wonder how wise it is for Flamingo and JUMP to be launching at this time of year in Wellington. The horizontal southerly driven rain needles to the face will be so much better at 28km/h 😋








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  # 2259984 18-Jun-2019 09:03
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Wellington is likely to be windier and colder than Petone so it's a strange decision to stop the service.

I enjoyed the ride and so it's somewhat disappointing they're not as available anymore. I would be hesitant to ride a scooter in Wellington though.




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  # 2260013 18-Jun-2019 09:40
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There must be about 50 of these just on Featherston street alone. Seems like a lot for one street but I guess its the street everyone walks on fro the railway station so a good way to increase visibility. 

 

 

 

Personally I am not a fan of these or the ride share bikes. They just end up as visual solution scatter all around the city and reinforce for people the idea that walking should be avoided.





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  # 2260016 18-Jun-2019 09:41
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I walk mornings from the beginning of Thordon Quay (under the motorway pass) to Willis St, via Featherston St.

 

I saw lots of Flamingo scooters, but only three Jump (the Uber brand)...





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  # 2260021 18-Jun-2019 10:00
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The Welly Council person was on Q+A last night. They are talking geo fencing for certain restrictions, discounts for drop offs near public transport, and getting them onto cycleways. All good things. And some speed limits. And each scooter has a clear number for complaints. And looking at national rules rather than regional.

 

The idea is making non car commuting easier. If you are far from a bus then two long walks that spend too time can be replaced by riding

 

Seems a lot more organised that when the Limes came, a lot has been learned

 

 

 

 

 

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  # 2260023 18-Jun-2019 10:08
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Just had my first ever ride on an e-scooter.  Downloaded the app and signed up to Flamingo this morning.

 

Does what it says on the tin basically.  App is intuitive and easy to use, as are the scooters.  (Got a few looks of "what's a folically challenged, middle-aged man doing on one of those things", mostly from other middle-aged men.)





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  # 2260026 18-Jun-2019 10:16
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geekiegeek:

 

There must be about 50 of these just on Featherston street alone. Seems like a lot for one street but I guess its the street everyone walks on fro the railway station so a good way to increase visibility. 

 

 

That's because they are not allowed on Lambton Quay,  so its pretty much the only through street


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  # 2260047 18-Jun-2019 10:32
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I do wonder though, how many will end up in the harbour off Franks Kitts park\Te Papa


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  # 2260148 18-Jun-2019 12:06
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sbiddle: Use promo code FLAMINGO to get another 3 free unlocks.

 

Has anyone actually got that to work?


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  # 2260180 18-Jun-2019 12:48
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sbiddle: Use promo code FLAMINGO to get another 3 free unlocks.

 

Has anyone actually got that to work?

 

 

@jamesrt FLAMINGO didn't work for me either.  I also tried to add EARLYWLG but got a message saying it's only for new users so if you haven't been for a ride yet you might have luck with that one (supposed to give 10 free minutes I believe).

 

 

 

Edit: I just added EARLYAKL and my payment screen now shows 10 free minutes.





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  # 2260259 18-Jun-2019 14:19
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If anyone is interested my referral code for Flamingo is R7644SE0 which would give us both 3 free unlocks, and there also the promo code WELLINGTON which gives you another 3 free unlocks and WELLY for 5 free minutes.


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