The controversial lime scooter is now available in Tauranga.
The scooters have been released on a trial basis as Tauranga City Council looks to provide different transport solutions for getting around the city.
Lime scooters have been a subject of many a debate on social media, with many people not in favour of them due to safety reasons.
In a statement released earlier this month, council says it believes micro-mobility platforms like Lime scooters as an attractive option for some in the city.
Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell says a trial will help measure uptake and gather feedback to see if e-scooter sharing platforms were compatible with the wider community’s interests before committing long-term.
“E-scooters present another alternative mode of transport for our city, but only if people are keen to use them. A trial will allow us to measure usage and whether people feel safe using the scooters, or sharing footpaths and roads with them.
“We will be working closely with Lime to monitor compliance and over the course of the trial, the public will be also be asked to provide feedback. By the end of the 12 months we’ll be in a good position to know if they’re a fit for the city.”
The scooters will be able to be ridden all over Tauranga. However, geofencing technology will automatically reduce speeds in certain areas to make it safer for users and pedestrians.
Speeds will be limited to 15km/h in the city centre, Greerton Village, and downtown Mount Maunganui.
The scooters will not be able to be ridden on Mauao trails, cemeteries or on unsealed paths in council parks and reserves.
Hours of operation will be 5am to 12am (midnight) seven days a week, with an earlier curfew of 10pm on Friday and Saturday in downtown Mount Maunganui and the city centre.
According to Lime’s terms and conditions, anyone aged 18 or older can use the e-scooters and users will be able to find and unlock them using an app on their phone.