The arrival of e-scooters in significant numbers in NZ creates issues for how we get around. What are the issues?
by Patrick Morgan
Although there are some risks, overall there are net benefits.
- more demand for bike lanes and traffic calming
- helps transition to low-carbon, less car-dependent transport
- but risks need to be managed
- footpaths are primarily for people on foot.
E-scooters are here already. It's a bad look to seek to restrict something that's already proving popular. This is about managing benefits and risks.
Overseas data indicate that e scooters get some people out of cars. That's a huge net benefit. Lime claims 20-30 percent of their riders replaced a car trip with a scooter trip.
Yes, there are risks but we need to keep these in perspective compared to other everyday activities. In 2017 ACC reported that avocado-related claims totalled $70,000. (https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/92546020/holy-guacamole-avocado-injuries-cost-acc-70000-last-year)
Manage the risks through codes of conduct, enforcement, performance bonds, and MOUs with commercial providers. E=scooter providers need to show they are safe.
By all means assess the risks but I wish we'd do the same with other transport that kills more than 300 people a year.
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