SummaryThe arrival of e-scooters in significant numbers in NZ creates issues for how we get around. 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.What are the issues?PolicyE-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.BenefitsOverseas data indicate that e scooters get some people out of cars. That's a huge net benefit.Managing riskYes, 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/...
News: February 2019
No loss of life is acceptable, is the message behind the development of the Government’s new road safety strategy,"says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter.I need your help: 2019 will be a big year for road safety, with the Government consulting on a new safety strategy. But there will be push back. We'll need to have our say to get good programmes across the line. There's potentially big wins on safe speeds, a close passing rule, and more cycleways. CAN will upgrade our digital campaign tools, to help people have their say. Do you have skills in this area? - campaigning, graphic design, social media, writing, project management. Drop me a line and we'll score some wins.Patrick@can.org.nz @patrickmorgan